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UPDATE: Fifteen-Year-Old Girl Missing, Believed to be With Man Wanted on $1.8 Million Warrant

Police think Shelby Harris is with 25-year-old Gavin McFate, wanted on a felony warrant for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Shelby Harris, a 15-year-old student last seen on Halloween wearing a costume, is missing and is believed to be with a man wanted on a felony warrant.

Police released information yesterday, and several media outlets did stories. However, as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, there were no new leads.

"There's nothing new — we're still following leads but we're coming up against dead ends," said Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber.

"The goal is to keep this information out in the community and maybe get some information that can help bring her home."

Harris told her parents that she would return home at the end of the school day Monday, but never returned, according to Lt. Jeff Bretzing of the .

Harris is white, is 5' 7" tall, about 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a red cape, red shirt, blue jeans, black high heels, and a Mardi Gras mask. 

Police have determined that she is most likely with 25-year-old Gavin McFate, a Livermore resident who is wanted on a $1.8 million warrant in Alameda County for allegedly having sex with a minor.

He is white, 6' 3" and about 210 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police say it is unknown whether Harris is with McFate voluntarily or against her will.

"We say that because she's 15 and he's 25; we don't have any hard evidence pointing to that," Schlehuber said.

"It's not like an acute abduction where someone kidnapped her and dragged her into a car. But at the same time, we don't really know either way what the specific situation is."

McFate and Harris were last seen in the Concord area on the morning of Nov. 1. They may be driving a late 90s model black Honda Accord or Civic. The car has California license number 4PRM200. 

His profile on MySpace, which didn't look as if it had been updated in recent years, described him as athletic, religious and a professional who works in Dublin.

According to a poster posted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the two could be headed to the Sacramento area.

Anyone with information should contact the police department at 925-931-5100.


Angel535 November 07, 2011 at 07:31 AM
I have known Gavin since I was 10 years old. I was best friends with him for many years. I knew him and trusted him very much. My family cared for him also. He has a lot of issues, as do many people. He has a very big heart and has been a great friend to me. It hurt me to have heard what is going on. He is truly lost. I'm not going to sit here and say its 100 percent Gavin's fault, nor will I make any excuses for his actions! As none of his friend's should!!!You guys make yourself look bad trying to blame it all on Shelby. The the fact is Gavin is a grown man, a handsome man who could easily be with any woman his own age, older or a few years younger. Why he chose to be with someone so young makes me very confused.
Angel535 November 07, 2011 at 07:35 AM
Yes, Shelby looks older and may have acted more mature than a 15 year old. I was around her a hand full of times. She maybe was mature for her age but there was no doubt that seemed younger acting. He knew hanging out with her at all was wrong and he still did it. THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE! Do I think he should be in trouble, maybe. Do I think he needs help for allowing something like this to go on and not putting an end to it, YES! But at the end of the day I still think Gavin is a good person deep down. I hope he and she are safe. Shelby's parents aren't perfect I'm sure. I had some issues when i was her age also. But my family didn't give up on me and clearly her's has not given up on her either. No matter how old she may act or what she thinks she knows about life, she is still 15. Maybe 15 year old girls might be older acting or know more about sex, boy and life than they used to but the fact is they are still not able to take care of them selfs. She can't get a good job or even drive a car.
Angel535 November 07, 2011 at 07:37 AM
Shelby clearly has issues also. But she needs to be at home so they can try and help her be in a better place mentally.Plain and simple she belongs in school, at home and not with a man right now. Shelby and Gavin need to understand that this isn't some Romeo and Juliet, lets run away to be together fairly tail.This situation is ridiclous and need to come to and end.
Mike November 08, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Under CA law if there is more than 3 years age difference and the victim is under 18, the suspect will be charged with a felony. He is the adult and it is incumbent upon him to make sure she was the legal age to give consent. If he has previous history of sexual assault it will be worse. The facts will come out but becasue of the age difference he will either plead guilty to a lesser charge or convicted of statuatory rape.
Dry6 November 09, 2011 at 03:37 PM
With regards to a person who is 15: if the girl is pregnant the court can invoke what is termed "judicial bypass" and declare the 15 yo girl an adult for the purpose of obtaining an abortion; if the crime of a 15 yo involves the taking of life or an attempt the State can argue before the bench that the person who is 14 years old or older be tried as an adult. So I ask all of you who are so quick to judge the morality of Mr. McFate or the maturity of Ms. Harris; is the taking of a life either through abortion or violence a decision that requires more or less social maturity than the decision to engage in a biological function that is a major driving force of post-pubescent hetero or homosexual males and females? Why too is the age of consent in 37 other states 16 and in three 14 or 15? Is it 18 in California because the state puts something in the water to retard social maturation? You readers are amusing with your emotional comments, thank you for the soap opera entertainment, however, the scary thing is you are allowed to sit on a jury. Damn the facts people lets brand the kids with birthmarks, who shop at the 99 cent store or who aren't as white as yourself.

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