by Photo courtesy of the San Diego County Sheriffs Office

Authorities asked the public today to keep an eye out for a 15-year-old runaway from Spring Valley.

Alene Mitchem was reported missing last Thursday, after she gathered a few personal items and disappeared, leaving behind a note telling her family she was running away, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Alene is described as a 5-foot-4-inch, roughly 160-pound white girl with hazel eyes and green-dyed hair. When last seen by her relatives, she was wearing Cookie Monster-print shorts and a navy-blue sweater with "JROTC'' printed on it, officials said.

Anyone who might be able to help locate Alene is asked to call the sheriff's department at 858-565-5200.

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