At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 3rd, 13-year-old Sienna Carter left UCSF’s Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes telling her mother and grandmother she was sick and needed to get some air. She never returned. At approximately 4:00 pm and two miles across the city, restaurant server Jaclyn Davis was starting her shift and noticed “this little tiny person” shivering in the ally. Jaclyn invited the girl inside the restaurant and grew concerned that a young girl was seemingly alone in the city. At approximately 6:30 pm, the girl abruptly left the restaurant and “following my gut” Jacklyn chose to pursue. The young woman walked quickly and met a man, they embraced and walked off on foot. Jaclyn observed the pair meticulously “to make sure that no matter what, I could identify them again”.
On Saturday, January 4th, Jaclyn’s co-worker forwarded her a screenshot of a Facebook post that described a missing girl from Fort Bragg, California. Jaclyn knew immediately upon seeing the post that the young woman she had taken care of Friday night was, in fact, Sienna Carter, the 13-year-old girl from Fort Bragg.
When Jaclyn was first starting her shift at the restaurant located on the ally of San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue and Redwood Street, she saw a “tiny little person” and “assumed it was a heroin addict because they looked nervous and small.” A brief period of time passed and as the sunset, Jaclyn realized the “little person” outside her restaurant was a young girl, unaccompanied by an adult, and not a San Franciscan “because she was wearing a dress and t-shirt” clearly not prepared for the cold.
Jaclyn described how her “mama bear took over after watching her shiver and I decided to invite her into the restaurant to warm-up.” Initially, the young woman rebuffed Jaclyn’s invitations saying “I’m fine. I’m waiting for someone.” Jaclyn’s caretaking instincts made her feel both “guilty and suspicious” and she returned to the young girl outside telling her “it’s hard watching you shiver out here”. The young girl acquiesced and was given bread and tea for the next hour.
While sitting in the restaurant, Jaclyn and a female co-worker became concerned about who this young girl was meeting up with. The co-worker caught several glimpses of the young girl’s phone and it was clear she was texting “a million heart emojis” to someone. When asked who she was meeting up with, the young girl said “her sister-in-law” which Jaclyn said, “threw up some red flags because you can’t have a sister-in-law if you’re 13.” Finally, Jaclyn knew that San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is “a center for human trafficking” and was concerned the young girl had gotten caught in the web of a “pimp or human trafficking ring”.
These observations and concerns led Jaclyn to follow the young girl when she abruptly left the restaurant at approximately 6:30 pm. Jaclyn stepped into the alleyway and watched the young girl walk towards a man and embrace him. As Jaclyn watched the pair, she “took note of every detail of clothing”: “he was maybe “5’5’’-5’7’’, Filipino, Southeast Asian, maybe Latino, maybe 30 lbs overweight, black-rimmed glasses. he was wearing mustard yellow full-length dickie pants. His pants were pressed, his jacket matched his pants, mustache undeveloped, he looked really young. She was wearing the exact same pair of converse that she was wearing. Black, high top converse. ”. Jaclyn watched them hug and they seemed to share a “warmth” as they walked away on foot.
It was not until this morning that Jaclyn connected the “shivering, little girl” she had helped the night before with Sienna Carter, the missing girl out of Fort Bragg. At that point, Jaclyn began to reach out to Sienna’s family as well as law enforcement about what she had experienced.A friend of Sienna became concerned after learning of her disappearance and divulged to Sienna’s aunt, Melinda Buckner, that her niece that since December 2019, Sienna had been in contact with a man from San Francisco. After hearing what Jaclyn experienced, Melinda is convinced the man Sienna met up with was the same she had been chatting with online.
Law enforcement has yet to provide specific information regarding the investigation into Sienna’s disappearance. Elizabeth Fernandez, the media relations spokesperson for the University of California, San Francisco, said the UCSF police department had conducted “a very extensive investigation since this case arose and are working cooperatively with other agencies in the area.” She also added the “the case is actually being turned over to Fort Bragg Police Department”. FBPD has yet to provide comment on the investigation.
Sienna is still missing and could be in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Sienna is 5’ 3’’ and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue and pink dress, tank top, and black/white Converse. Her last known location is on the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Redwood St. If anyone knows of Sienna’s whereabouts, please contact UCSF Police Department at (415)476-6911 or Fort Bragg Police Department (707)961-2800. Other reporting options include contacting Cold Case Mendocino at firstname.lastname@example.org, message via Facebook, or call in a tip at (707) 560-1543.
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