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Search intensifies for runaway Colville girl

UNION GAP, Wash. - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is assisting in the search for a 15-year-old Colville girl believed to have run away from home June 10.

Family members say Kirstie Roxanne Grunlose has not been heard from or seen since she left her aunt's house after a dispute with a cousin. Her aunt, Diane Grunlose, said the family initially believed Kirstie was headed to her mother's house in the Portland, Ore., area, but seven months have now passed since Kirstie was last seen.

The aunt said Kirstie was upset because of her mother's impending move to California. Kirstie was going to live with her grandparents in Nespelem and attend Paschal Sherman Indian School, the aunt said.

A Union Gap police detective said Kirstie had had ''computer contact with a male, possibly a boyfriend.'' The detective said Kirstie does not have a history of running away. A poster issued by the national center stated that Kirstie ''may be with a male companion. They may have traveled to Oregon.''

The national center considers Kirstie an ''endangered runaway.'' She is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 135 pounds, brown hair and green eyes. Her nickname is Kirstie Bear.

Anyone with information about Kirstie should call (800) THE-LOST.