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Private Investigator determined to find missing teen

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SAN ANTONIO -- Jennifer Apreciado has been missing for more than 11 years.

"It's way past time we need to close it, " said Sheiladawn Fitch, a Private Investigator.

Apreciado was 17 years old when she disappeared on October 26th, 2006. She was reportedly last seen near 19th street and Arizona Avenue on the city's West Side.

"The story was that she had left her boyfriend’s house and that she was walking to a bus stop, and that she noticed a vehicle was following her, " Fitch went on to say.

Apreciado's cell phone was reportedly found but nothing else. "And that was the last that anybody ever heard of her.".

Fitch says she's always had a passion for helping, but never imagined she'd become a licensed private investigator. "It was just volunteering to find missing people, " Fitch went on to say.

Fitch volunteered at the Heidi Search Center and ultimately enrolled in the Texas Institute of Investigation. Even though the Heidi Search Center had to close due to lack of funding, now licensed private investigators like Fitch will continue to work cold cases.

Though so much time has passed Fitch says she’s not giving up hope Apreciado will be found.

"Whatever the reality is there's always somebody that knows something, " added Fitch.

Anyone with any information on Apreciado's disappearance is asked to call the San Antonio Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at (210) 207-7660, and you can remain anonymous.

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