(Update: The Marion County Sheriff’s Office stated in a social media post that Arissa and Nariah have been located and they are safe. No further details were provided by MCSO).
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate two missing and endangered girls who were last seen in Marion County on November 28, 2022.
According to MCSO, 12-year-old Arissa Nevaeh Johnson and 11-year-old Nariah Nesha Johnson were last seen on the porch of a family member’s home in the 18700 block of SE 93rd Place in Marion County before they ran away.
Arissa is 5’5” tall, weighs approximately 135 pounds, and was last seen wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt. Nariah is 5’5” tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds, and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and dark blue leggings.
In November, the Florida Department of Children and Families stated that Arissa and Nariah may have possibly been picked up by their biological mother, 38-year-old Amanda Via. According to MCSO, Amanda is court-ordered to have no unsupervised contact with the children.
During the investigation into the girls’ whereabouts, MCSO Major Crimes detectives received information that Arissa and Nariah may be in the area of Gwinnett County, Georgia.
If you have any information on where Arissa and Nariah are, where they have been, or who may be helping them run away, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office asks that you call 911. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-369-STOP (7867) and reference 22-72 in your tip.