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Teen actress missing, possible runaway

Scout Taylor-Compton starred in ‘Sleepover’
/ Source: The Associated Press

Scout Taylor-Compton, star of the recent teen comedy “Sleepover,” has been missing from her California home for nearly two weeks, officials and her publicist said Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Sheriff said the young actress was likely a runaway.

The 16-year-old was last seen at home on Aug. 12, according to a statement released by her family.

“We sincerely appreciate everyone’s attention and concern regarding Scout and are praying for her safe return,” the statement read. “We have faith in the agencies working on the case and are optimistic that the outcome will be positive.”

One sheriff’s deputy has been assigned to the case, and the family has hired a private investigator, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Robin Haynal.

Haynal said Taylor-Compton also goes by the name Desiree Compton.

Besides 2004’s “Sleepover,” Taylor-Compton played a bit part in “13 Going on 30,” with Jennifer Garner, and recently landed a leading role in the Bravo series “Hidden Howie.”

She’s also appeared on WB’s “Gilmore Girls” and worked in independent films and music videos. In June she finished filming an independent film called “Tomorrow Is Today” in New Jersey.

“Her parents are completely distraught,” said her publicist Laura Marks.