* * UPDATE 3/2 * * We are happy to tell you that Essence has been located and as of this morning is home safe with her family. Thank you to everyone who shared and made it possible for Essence to be reunited with her family. * * End update.

A Swartz Creek family hopes you can help them find a 13-year-old girl who went missing Friday.

Essence is a 13-year-old African American female who attends Swartz Creek Middle School. Her family posted on Facebook that she did not get off the bus Friday afternoon (2/28).

Essence's last known location is a friend's house near the intersection of Linden and Maple Roads. Her family reports that she was last seen at approximately 4:45 pm.

Anyone with information about Essence is asked to contact Swartz Creek or Flint Township police.

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