Winter Garden police locate missing teen MaKayla Quercioli

MaKayla was located at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Summerlake community in Horizon West.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct some inaccuracies.

Law-enforcement officers have located missing teenager MaKayla Quercioli.

Winter Garden Police Department Capt. Scott Allen said MaKayla was located at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Summerlake community in Horizon West, along with another 13-year-old runaway.

Allen said Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies located MaKayla the night before, but she ran off before they could take her into custody. 

The parents had contacted at about noon Friday, Sept. 3, about 16 hours after MaKayla was picked up by an SUV.

A Winter Garden teenager who was last seen four days ago still is missing.

According to the Winter Garden Police Department, MaKayla Quercioli, 13, was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the Park Avenue Villas Apartments in Winter Garden. She reportedly got into a silver SUV with a 22-year-old male. 

WGPD Capt. Scott Allen said the lead lieutenant on the case is following up on tips the department received throughout the weekend. Allen said MaKayla had run away one time previously, however, the department has additional runaway reports involving MaKayla, but it was because other runaways were suspected of being with her, Allen said.

MaKayla is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. She was wearing a gray West Orange hoodie, and half of her hair is blond, and other half is dyed black. Her family fears she may be in danger.

If you have any information, please call the Winter Garden Police Department at (407) 656-3636.



Michael Eng

As a child, Editor and Publisher Michael Eng collected front pages of the Kansas City Star during Operation Desert Storm, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would pursue a career in journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children, or playing drums around town. He’s also a sucker for dad jokes.