Search for Missing Virginia Woman

Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 8:01 PM EDT
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Search for Missing Virginia Woman

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Police in northern Virginia are searching for a young woman who wandered away from her Falls Church group home.

Lauren Taylor, 21, was last seen early Feb. 21.

Her family said they're concerned about her well-being because she is cognitively impaired. 

"She is extremely naive and not capable of understanding just how dangerous the world can be," wrote parents Diana Garmus and Rob Taylor in an e-mailed plea for help to Delegate David Englin (D-45).

"Our hearts go out to Lauren’s family," Englin said in a statement, "and we pray for her safe return."

Taylor's family is getting help from the Fairfax County Police Department and the Natalee Holloway Resource Center to find her. The group has created a missing persons poster.

Taylor is 5-feet-5-inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has curly red hair and blue eyes. She usually wears her hair pulled back and tends to chew on her fingernails.

Her family said she disappeared once before. She left their Alexandria home in September and was found two days later wandering the streets.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact Fairfax County Det. Paul O’Neill at 703-246-7886.

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