The mother of one of the two girls who ran away this month from a South Yarmouth treatment facility believes that her daughter is in Boston.
Michaela Gulley, 15, and another teenage patient at the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, left the facility together on the night of Aug. 7. The other girl, Alyssa Whitney, turned herself in to MBTA police a week later in Boston.
But Gulley remains missing.
Gulley’s mother, Chevonne Pratt, told the Cape Cod Times that her daughter is “bipolar and borderline autistic” with “a fourth-grade education. She can’t make decisions for herself.”
“The MBTA police told me that when the other girl turned herself in she was very scared, and she was very scared for Michaela,” Pratt said.
Pratt told the Cape Cod Times that Gulley had stopped taking her bipolar medication, which is reportedly permitted among the center’s patients. She added that her daughter had been hospitalized on multiple occasions since 2011, including the latest stint that started June 2 after a “meltdown” at home.
Gulley’s mother said she goes to Boston every night after work to search for her daughter in locations where her daughter had reportedly been seen.
Yamouth Police said the missing teenager “may be hanging around the Forest Hill MBTA Station” and that she “may also be in the company of an unknown hispanic male described as being 5’6” tall and has a tribal neck tattoo.”
The Cape Cod Adolescent Treatment Center — the arm of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps that was caring for Gulley — describes itself as “a short-term (45 days) assessment/stabilization program” that provides “services that include crisis intervention; individual/family therapy and respite to youth ages 12-17 from the Cape and Islands.” All of its patients are referred to the Center by the Department of Children and Families.
A Facebook page has been set up to create further awareness about Gulley’s whereabouts in hopes of a safe return home.
Yarmouth police would like anyone with information about Gulley to call (508) 775-0445, Ext. 0.