Upper Dublin Super: Missing Student 'Believed to be All Right'

The Upper Dublin School District released the following statement regarding missing student Destiny Chase-Shim.


UPDATE: MyFoxPhilly.com is reporting that the teenager was "back with her father."

The Upper Dublin School District released the following statement earlier today:

On behalf of the City of Philadelphia Police Department, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department, and the School District of Upper Dublin, we appreciate your concern.


Philadelphia Police are still looking for an Upper Dublin High School Student who went missing on Friday.

According to a Philadelphia Police spokeswoman, Destiny Chase-Shim, 14, of the 2000 block of Kingston Street, Philadelphia was reported missing Jan. 25.

A story on MyFoxPhilly.com reported that Chase-Shim’s father dropped her off at Upper Dublin High School at about 10 a.m. Friday.

Chase-Shim lives in Upper Dublin with her mother. Her father lives in Philadelphia, according to the story.

Calls to Upper Dublin School District were not immediately returned.

Chase-Shim is described as being 5-foot-5, weighing around 120 pounds with brown eyes and sandy brown shoulder length hair.

According to the Fox 29 story, "Her family said she was last seen wearing navy blue sweat pants and blue and white Nike sneakers with a brown waist-length coat. She was seen carrying a pink book bag."

The Philadelphia Police northeast detectives division is handling the case, according to the Philadelphia Police spokeswoman. 

From the Upper Dublin School District:

This morning one of the local news stations ran a story regarding an Upper Dublin High School student, Destiny Chase Shim, who was reported missing in Philadelphia over the weekend. The student has been in contact with friends, and is believed to be all right.

The Upper Dublin Township Police Department and the School District of Upper Dublin are assisting the City of Philadelphia Police Department with the investigation, and anyone knowing the present location of the student is asked to please contact the City of Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3174 ...Thank you for your consideration.

K. Veganmom January 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM
The student has been in contact with friends, and is believed to be all right. I agree, that doesn't answer all OUR questions, but it may move this into a realm of being a private family matter.
eReality January 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM
A contest of who is "more lost" is ridiculous, pray that they both get home safely. The "Whit Grown lady" you speak of vanished, in the middle of the night, on a walk home alone that she makes almost daily. She sounds to be extremely dependable when it comes to her work schedule and not deviating from her route to and from home. She has not been in contact with anyone at all, and there is still absolutely no sign of her whereabouts or if she is even alive. Also, most of the search efforts and outreach are being organized by the community. If you read the story above, you see that a teenager has gone missing during daylight hours, but has been in contact with friends and has not indicated to those friends that she is under any sort of distress. In order to even issue an amber alert, it must be be confirmed by law enforcement must that an abduction has taken place (which it sounds like they are trying to determine), the child must be at risk of serious injury or death, and there must be sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor's vehicle to issue an alert. Do you see the difference? It's still troublesome to know that this young girl is not home, but please don't make it about race, they are very different sets of circumstances. Until you stop making things about race, society will never change. Both stories have received a lot of news coverage and I hope they both come home safe.
andthatsthetruth January 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM
If you listen to police reports or other news media - they explain that if this is a habitual problem, they are less likely to do an amber alert - alert your kids so if they runaway and get their butts in trouble, no one will look for them for a long while.
Loretta Wilkinson January 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM
It sounds like that to me too. She doesn't want to go to those lousy Philly schools, so she goes to UD, pays no taxes, drains the resources.
FrankieB January 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM
doesn't matter whta color skin she is this is a deal where some hip-hop to her she is beutiful and he loves her, thus her disapperance. We have seen it with young girls meeting someone on line and running away from home with them. Your less likely to have a problem in a strong family unit. UD tizzy mothers leave it alone, another crisis will arrive for your head to spin about.
andthatsthetruth January 29, 2013 at 12:37 AM
In this day and age, transferring schools is not hear say. They investigate before it happens or while it happens. Let's not fight over this. Do you realize that while we are discussing this that the child is probably reading everything we are saying and gaining more ignorance and carefree existance . Let it go. Whatever the problem is needs to be handled in the family living room.
Nancy January 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM
My family lives in the North Hills area and we would like to know if there is anything being organized in the community to help in the efforts to locate Destiny, or if there are any plans as a community to come out and support Destiny's family during this stressfull and frightening experience.
Heather Saraceni January 29, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I pray she is safe and believed to be ok, as what they say.... But what puzzles me is why was she dropped off at 10:00am on Friday at the school, when UDHS started there mid- terms that day and it was over at 9:15, if she goes to the school she should have known....The story is odd, but what the most important thing is she is safe and sound....
Momma C January 29, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I think it's silly to worry about where she currently lives verses the fact that she disappeared . I am a Upper Dublin mother and I drop my child off at school all the time so it goes hit home to know a child disappeared regardless of the time of day mid terms or no kid terms. I people get a grip and stop being so negative and hope shd is ok.
Liberty Belle January 29, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Her safety is what is most important now and I hope she is found but if her family has lied to have her attend a school outside her neighborhood, they will be in a lot of legal trouble. Fines, imprisonment .
USA-pa January 29, 2013 at 02:30 PM
If a child is between 2 parents........ Duhhhhhhhh why does the school district matter....... ******its says her mother LIVES in upper Dublin!!!!!!!!.....
Liberty Belle January 29, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Then there is no problem,. I am just pointing out if there is anything going on not legal, her parents will face charges. If she willingly went off, she may have caused a lot of problems for her family.
USA-pa January 29, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Really.... The school district is the farthest thing should be on anyone mine..... Due to the fact that the story is about a missing 14 year old child, that has a family that want her home rather is in UD or Philly !!!!!!!. so LB just make sure that u mind your business, and don't be the one that make the first phone call to the Dublin school district.
USA-pa January 29, 2013 at 04:34 PM
No need to respond to me....liberty belle cause I don't spend my day commenting on stories.....this in my first and last time one this site....... I was only interested in following this story but now I see enough!....
USA-pa January 29, 2013 at 04:37 PM
And my IPad keep auto correcting .....so no need for me to put typo....on the miss placed words
FrankieB January 29, 2013 at 05:20 PM
oh how the upper dublin tizzy mothers love to wring their hands and worry about everything. go on her facebook page, Destiny Shim, and you will form your own conclusion. she's with her hip-hop friends, probably pissed at her parents or madly in love too many people in UD have too much time on their hands, hover moms and booble head dads
JB January 29, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Apparently she is home now. She owes everyone including the school district,, the police and her parents a huge apology. She caused a lot of unnecessary chaos for nothing.
andthatsthetruth January 29, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Unfortunately, that is not how a 14 year old sees it. In our day, there would have been a lot of provisions placed on her. Laws have changed that they know that a belt can't be taken to them and no one is gonna change their mind how this is gonna be handled. They are the boss.
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:33 PM
As far as I'm aware, that's legitimate if they have split custody of the child.
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Truth to power, North Hills Mom.
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Looks like you struck a nerve with the truth telling...look at the ends eReality has gone to, to make it seem like this isn't a result of racism, but of different circumstances. "Please don't make it about race", says the person who legitimately believes a white lady disappearing is more important than a black teenager because of a white ladies "routine."
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:36 PM
To a lot of the white trash that reads patch, their tax dollars are more worthy of attention and outrage than a missing black child. Sad, but true.
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:36 PM
You'd just love to see another black family thrown in prison, wouldn't you?
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Everyone on here who is more outraged by baseless accusations, based only on conjecture, about this young lady going to Upper Dublin illegally, than the safety of a missing girl, is a piece of human filth.
Sergei MacCarron January 29, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Also, if anyone wants to know how racist people still are, just read about all the conjecture on this young ladies actual residence. I can say with certainty that if this young lady was in the same circumstances (living in philly and north hills), but had white skin, not a single person would be making baseless accusations about whether she's going to Upper Dublin legally or not.
Matt January 30, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Sergei while you are correct about the main issue is her safety - you are making an awful lot of assumptions about all the racist feelings. with all the budget issues in UD on the budget people would have been concerned regardless if the person is white, purple or orange. That said the girl and not the black girl or the white girl should be the focus.
Magalish January 31, 2013 at 02:02 AM
It appears the girl has contacted friends and is safe although they are still attempting to bring her home to her family. Not quite the same as a woman missing who has not been in contact with anyone and is considered still in danger. I dont think anyone is deciding cases based on race in this situation but nice try. I think you can refer to the case of a black girl kidnapped in w philly that is still receiving media attention since there is still an active investigation. Its always the ones who start the racial accusations that should take a look at thier own remarks. I hope this girl is returned home safely. As well as the white woman in new hope.
eReality January 31, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Actually, Sergei, I did not think one was more important than the other and I believe I made that clear when I said that it shouldn't be about who is "more lost" than the other, but instead we should be praying for BOTH of them to come home safe. Thank you for twisting my words though, I appreciate that. The "routine" I mentioned about the other female, that you cited as my claim for a more credible disappearance, was actually just used as contextual clues for the real circumstances I pointed out: One had gone missing without a trace, no activity on a phone or credit cards and had not been in contact with anyone, while the other had gone missing but was in contact with friends and told them she was alright. So, how did the two stories end up? The one that contacted friends and said she was alright came home safely. The one who literally seemed to vanish because of having had no contact with anyone, or evidence of where she may be, ended up dead. I am very glad to hear that the Upper Dublin girl is okay, that's wonderful news; but when you heard that she had in contact with friends and said she was okay, you could sort of breathe a little easier a little sooner than the other case. With the Lambertville woman, the first sign of her was days later when they found her boot and shortly thereafter they found her body. It's sad that they weren't both found to be safe, because it seems like BOTH females have families that care for them and love them.
eReality January 31, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Thank you Magalish, my thoughts exactly. We were hoping for both females to come home safe -- unfortunately, a body believed to be that of the woman missing in New Hope/Lambertville was found last night in the canal. Thankfully, however, this girl has been reported as having returned home to her father's house.
andthatsthetruth February 01, 2013 at 01:15 AM
By now if she wasn't there, it would have been publicized. All involved want this to go away including the child.


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