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Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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For the fourth day in a row, officers and volunteers scoured ditches and highway routes between Assumption Parish and Jefferson Parish in a desperate attempt to find 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey, who has been missing since the early morning hours on Tuesday.

'We know that time is working against us,' said St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin. 'We know that if she's alive and out there and needs assistance, we know that we're running out of time.'

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Anyone with information on Talaija Dorsey is asked to send a tip.

Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-855-TIPS-247 or by texting 'TIP SJPSO' to 888777. You may also login to our website and click on the link to submit a tip online.

Crimestoppers will also reward $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for her dissappearance.

On Friday deputies extended their search all the way to Jefferson Parish.


On Saturday Sheriff Martin said deputies continued to search the fields around Dorsey's residence and along the highways. Sheriff Martin says deputies in surrounding parishes continued their searches as well.

Deputies have been focusing their efforts on less-traveled, rural routes along Highway 3127 in St. Charles Parish. It's the route Talaija's soon-to-be stepdad, John Celestine, 42, drives to work everyday.

Deputies are concentrating more and more on Celestine, but have yet to identify his as the suspect. He is being held on obstruction charges in this case. Deputies also say he has a prior, out-of-state arrest for child cruelty against a family member, though he was not charged ultimately in that case.

'We're concerned about some inconsistencies with some issues in the family unit and some things that we've learned about the person of interest that concerns us,'said Martin.

Investigators are processing evidence collected from Dorsey's family home as well as the family's cars.

The main focus right now is on Celestine's white Chrysler Concord. Deputies are hoping that anyone who saw the car Tuesday morning will let them know.

On Saturday Sheriff Martin said the sheriff's office did receive a few tips on possible sightings of Celestine's white Concord. However none of the tips have lead to any new developments.

Deputies will continue their search on Sunday and will continue to follow any tips sent in by the public.

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