Gwinnett County police looking for missing 15-year-old girl

She is the second teen Parkview High School student to go missing.
Her last known location was in Atlanta on June 5, according to GPS data captured from her cellphone.
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 4:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2023 at 11:38 PM EDT
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LILBURN, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Gwinnett County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing girl.

Leila Novljakovic was last seen May 16 around 6 a.m. at her home in Lilburn, officers said.

“We aren’t sure if she’s safe, if she’s okay,” said her father, Adis Novljakovic.

He said, on that day, she walked to the bus stop in their neighborhood at her usual time around 5:45 a.m.

“It’s not too far a drive,” he said. “Just around the corner.”

Novljakovic said her heard she may have left the school with someone in a light-colored car around 11:00 a.m.

That information is not yet confirmed by Gwinnett County Police, who recently took over the case from Gwinnett County Schools Police.

Leila’s family is afraid she could be in danger.

“There is nothing in this world I can pinpoint on my finger on why she would do such a thing,” he said. “That’s how I know somebody else is thinking for her and doing for her.”

Novljakovic is 15 years old, 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. She was wearing grey sweatpants, a maroon shirt, black flip-flops and a pink backpack when she was last seen.

According to police, Novljakovic has a heart tattoo with a circle on her left wrist, scarring on her left forearm, and a piercing in her left nostril.

Her last known location was in Atlanta on June 5, according to GPS data captured from her cellphone.

“I just want to tell her, please, to come home,” Novljakovic said. “Your mom really misses you. We love you so much.”

Novljakovic is the second Parkview High School student to go missing in the last month. She was last seen leaving the school May 24 and has not been seen since.

“I do believe she’s in danger,” her father told Atlanta News First. “I don’t even want to think about the worst scenario. I just want her to come home.”

Campus security cameras show the freshman walking off campus at 10:30 a.m. on May 24 in a white shirt and brown pants. She left behind her debit card and laptop. Her phone has been off since.

Police say there is no indication at this time that the cases are related.

Anyone with information should contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.