Miami-Dade County Public Schools testing coach has vanished, police say

Police officers search for Miami Norland Senior High School coach


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Detectives are asking the public for help finding a 41-year-old Miami-Dade County Public Schools employee who vanished Wednesday.

Kameela Russell, who has worked for the district since 2014, is a test chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High School. The single mother of two left her children with Donna Blyden, her aunt. 

"Miami Gardens Police are handling this as a missing persons investigation," said Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, a spokeswoman for the district. "We will assist them in whatever way we can."

Blyden told police officers she last saw her on Wednesday driving up to the 800 block of Northwest 203 Street in Miami Gardens. She was in a 2014 black Audi A6. She didn't pick up her children or show up to work. 

Officers also haven't found her car. Russell was wearing braided black hair with plum streaks. She is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. She was wearing gray leggings, a striped shirt and sneakers. 

Her last video on Instagram was an April 29 message to her students about her desire to attend the Class of 2019 graduation May 29. 

"Love you, mean it, bye" Russell said in the video

Officers are asking anyone with information about Russell's whereabouts to call 305-474-6473. 


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