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Rumford Girl Reported Missing

Alexis Cucinotta, 14, was last seen at Rite-Aid on Thursday night, according to reader reports.

A 14-year-old Rumford girl has been reported missing. Alexis Cucinotta was last seen at Rite-Aid at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, according to reader reports. East Providence police are working on the case, said a detective.

According to Facebook, Alexis attends East Providence High School. 

Becky DiStefano wrote on Twitter:

"RI peeps: please help us find Alexis Cucinotta, 14 years old, Rumford, Rhode Island, last seen at Rite Aid on Newport Ave @ 5:30pm last nite."

Patch will continue to follow this story.

Paula Saraiva Fournier January 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I find it odd that the only news regarding Alexis is on Facebook and Twitter. The article states that the East Providence Police Department are working on the case. Has anybody contacted them to verify this? Also, why is this NOT all over the news? I searched for an Amber Alert and there isn't one for Alexis. I searched WPRI's web site and there are NO stories regarding this. I would hope that if a 14 year old girl goes missing, the story would go viral to all the news agencies so that the community could help. Something doesn't sound quite right with this.
Abigail Crocker (Editor) January 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Hi Paula - I contacted the police. Detectives confirmed they are working on the case. I'll report further details when they become available.
Chris January 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
hi my name is chris capron iam in the same grade as alexis , iam really worried and upset that she ran away
Paula Saraiva Fournier January 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Thank you for the information Abigail. All the reports on Facebook had little information. It seems Alexis is a runaway, thus the reason why no news coverage, amber alert, etc. My thoughts and prayers to Alexis and her family in hopes that Alexis is safe and reunites soon with her family.
angelina wakester January 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I think that wrong she is assumed to be a runnaway. all missing children should be treated as missing until we can prove a child as a runaway and a damn news broadscast wont kill channel 10 or 12 wtf they bring home a runnaway. this is wrong they report on stupid stuff all day. lical news wake up.
Robin Haskell January 09, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I was just going to say that to Paula. There is nothing on the news more than likely because they have said she is a runaway.... Your right any child that goes missing should be treated as a missing child.. A dog runs away and they report that on the news.... FInd this girl even if she may be a runaway....
Jenn Rollins January 09, 2012 at 05:29 PM
My goodness, run away or not this girl is "missing"! it should be allj over the news so people have their eyes open! Her family is going crazy right now and need ALL the help they can get. My daughter is 15 and I cannot even imagine how they feel.
Tammy toler January 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree whose to say she is a "runaway" in this type of cases it shouldn't be judged by the childs actions all the time. She is a 14 yr old beautiful girl that has not been seen since Thursday evening. Under the circumstances the e.p should of taken this more seriously can't just assume. I myself was looking for her on the news and was very surprised that news didn't mention That Alexis was missing.i know that they can't cant report someone missing until 24hrs. But it has been over24 hrs, also they must have survaliance cameras at rite aide.to see if she was actually picked up by a vehicle. My prayers go out to Alexis and she does in fact returns home safely. God bless
marcia b January 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
This is just crazy!! E.Ps finest need to start stepping up to the plate. Unfortunately Ive had some issues needing their help, this certain issue....could actually lead to my daughter getting taken away from me one day (kidnapped) dont want the wrong ppl to read this so can't say more. Needless to say, the gent that was called to the seen was of NO HELP! Said their was nothing he could do, have to go to court. After he had been lied to by the person my child was with(actually wasn't even with her). The officer was suppose to check on my daughter to see if she was safe after this person told him she was safe and in the house w/ them. Officer went in, came out...said she wasn't in there but he says she is in good hands. When I was suppose to have her that day!! Ugh, sorry to vent. This isn't about me and my messy situation. But there have been two domestic violence issues where the females were murdered. One was a friend of mine, last Christmas. Both were from EP! I think the men that are suppose to do all they can to ensure our and our childrens saftey need to wake up!!! Not saying all of them. Officer Paul Rodrigues, Mike Rose and Chris Perella are exceptionally fine officers!! Im sure there are more, just don't know any of them. I will pray for this girls safe return!! Sorry for all that are related and friends. I will pray that God gives you comfort. God Bless!!
marcia b January 09, 2012 at 08:46 PM
didnt mean to leave out the female officers..actually met one..wish i knew her name. She was really friendly!!!
Emily January 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
This was actually reported on the news last night. It is not only being spoken of on social networking. Also, Rhode Island will not issue an Amber Alert unless there is actual witness or videotape of a child being 'taken'. The lack of trust as well as the lack of word via the media on this is disturbing. Also disturbing is that most of the commenting done here voices doubt and non-assurance of the situation. It makes me feel that there must be a better more effective way of handling missing children in this state. As for the news report, it was fleeting and had I not been channel searching I would not have even caught it. Let's all act as the eyes and ears of our community and bring this girl home!

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