Yasmine Acree, cousin of Austin pastor Rev. Ira Acree, has been missing since Jan. 15, and family members have been canvassing the community ever since to spread word about her disappearance.

The 15-year-old girl was reported missing from her home at Congress and Cicero by family members. The family said Yasmine went to bed in the basement of the home where her room was that Tuesday night and was not seen the next day. She had done a load of laundry and later went to bed, the family said. The girl’s mother indicated that her daughter would not just run away, and this was not the girl’s usual behavior.

She had never run away before, family said, and they don’t know what clothes she was wearing at the time of her disappearance. A family member said there’s evidence that someone had broken into the basement.

Last Friday, Rev. Acree and family members hosted a press conference at the 15th District Police Station, 5701 W. Madison, and hosted another rally Sunday at Rev. Acree’s Greater St. John Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller. Along with family and friends, community leaders also attended the church Sunday to lend support.

Yasmine Acree is 5-feet-1 and weighs 125 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Family members are asking anyone with information about Yasmine to call Area 5 Missing Persons at 312/746-6399.

-Terry Dean