The FBI has joined the search for 12-year-old Jasmine Leighlin Baker, a sixth-grader at Perry Hall Middle School last seen Tuesday morning.

The FBI said Wednesday it has joined the search for a missing 12-year-old girl from the Nottingham area of Baltimore County.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker, a sixth-grader student at Perry Hall Middle School, was last seen at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when she left her home on the 4200 block of Soth Avenue to walk to school, police say.


When she did not return home in the afternoon, her mother called the school and was told the girl was absent that day.

The girl is described as white, 5-feet-5 tall and 175 pounds. She has blue eyes and long brown hair with blond and red streaks in it. Investigators say she was last seen wearing blue jeans and a brown jacket.

FBI spokeswoman Amy J. Thoreson said the agency is working to put up billboards around the Baltimore region.

Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for county police, said it is not unusual for local police to work with federal law enforcement on a missing persons case because the federal agency can offer additional resources.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Baltimore FBI at 410-265-8080 or the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.