Genelle Princess Bradford

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Left: Genelle, circa 1999;
Right: Age-progression to age 28 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 27, 1999 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date of Birth: May 10, 1981
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'4, 96 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, black eyes. Genelle goes by her middle name, Princess. Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green jacket, a white shirt, tan pants and black platform shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Genelle disappeared from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 27, 1999. That day she attended classes at Wilkinsburg High School, where she was an honors student due to graduate in two months. That evening, she went to her job at the YWCA on Ross Avenue and was last seen walking home. She never arrived.

    Genelle's friends didn't believe she would have run away, because she was happy with her life and looking forward to her upcoming prom. Her father wasn't a part of her life, and her mother died when she was five, so she was raised by her grandparents. Genelle's grandparents stated her grades had slipped prior to her disappearance; during her senior year, she had stopped studying and doing her homework as conscientiously as before.

    Investigators believe Genelle left of her own accord and may still be local area. Her grandmother speculated she left home due to a boyfriend and/or an unplanned pregnancy. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Wilkinsburg Police Department
    412-473-3056

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs
    The Pittsburgh Tribune

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 31, 2012; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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