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Missing Teen’s Aunt: ‘It’s a Complete Nightmare’

Marsha Samlal, the aunt of missing teen Sasha Samlal, said it is out of her character for her niece to leave home and not communicate with her family for almost two months.

Marsha Samlal knew it was out of character for her niece to leave home and not contact her family. Almost two months later, she is still perplexed by Sasha Arianna Samlal’s disappearance.

“It just doesn’t make any sense. It doesn’t add up,” Marsha Samlal said. “Something more is going on here.”

Sasha was last seen on Sept. 21 wearing a t-shirt and blue jeans. She is described as an Indian female with long black hair, brown eyes, a medium complexion, 5 feet and 3 inches tall and 140 pounds.

According to police, Sasha, 16, of the unit block of Gloucester Court, was last seen getting into a small black Honda with tinted windows and a white Honda sticker across the top windshield. It was driven by a Hispanic male, according to a police press release.

“I have no idea who that person could be,” Marsha said. “After talking to the police about it, they said when they interviewed her friends, they don’t even know this person. No one knows this person.”

Marsha said her biggest fear is that she met a man online who convinced her to meet up with him.

In September, police did not initially think Sasha was in danger because detectives learned that Sasha told someone about the meeting, and had arranged to be picked up in a vehicle that matches the description, according to Baltimore County Police spokesman Cpl. Cathleen Batton.

“The concern at this time is the length of time that she’s been gone,” Batton said.

Sasha has not been on Facebook, Twitter or her email since she’s gone missing, her aunt said. She didn’t take any of her things with her or pack a bag.

Sasha lives with her grandmother and her other aunt, Marsha’s sister, and the family is very close. Marsha said they’d fight up about things teenagers typically fight with their families about like staying up late and cleaning her room.

Sasha is not one to go off on her own like this, her aunt said.

“She’s not the kind of teenager to want to go out and sleep at friends’ houses,” Marsha said. “If anything, they come to our house.”

She’s only been on vacation once, this past summer when she flew to see her uncle and grandfather in Trinidad, where her family is from. She flew alone, but only because her family paid extra money for the airline to escort her through the airport. Her mother, who is from Honduras, is not in her life.

Marsha was planning to take Sasha to visit colleges this coming spring and summer, where Sasha hopes to explore her interest in photography. The two went to The Art Institute of Washington recently, and Sasha seemed focused on her future.

“She said, ‘This year is a very important year for me and I am going to focus on school,’” Marsha said.

She just wants to know that her niece is a safe and wants her to know the family isn’t mad at her.

“It’s a complete nightmare,” Marsha said.

Anyone with information on her location is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-853-3650 or 410-307-2020.

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