Kent County Sheriff's deputies have upgraded their search for a missing 14-year-old girl.

Mckinzie Joy Locklin was reported as a runaway on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. She walked away from her home in Gaines Township. Deputies now consider her disappearance a missing person case.

Locklin had run away from home twice in the past, but in those cases she was safely located at a gas station and on Pine Rest property.

Her family says she has a learning disability and left home without a cell phone.

She is 5'7" tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white tank top, pink shorts, a multi-colored plastic headband and purple tennis shoes. She was also carrying a black East Kentwood High School backpack.

Anyone with information about Mckinzie Locklin's whereabouts is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Department at (616) 632-6100 or Silent Observer at 774-2345