MISSING: Santa Clara-Ivins Police, family seek help in finding 17-year-old girl

An undated photo shows McKenzie Scholzen who has been reported missing August 2018 | Photo courtesy of Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 17-year-old girl is missing, and police officers from Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department are asking for help from the public to find her.

McKenzie Scholzen was last seen Monday night by her family, according to a tweet by police. Police believe she didn’t take any additional clothes with her, and she in in need of some medication that has not been taken. She has no ID or driver’s license.

According to a Facebook post from Scholzen’s father, she left her family’s house to go for a walk at about 10 p.m. She did not return from her walk.

“She is suicidal and has shown destructive behavior now and in the past to herself,” Scholzen’s father wrote in the post.

Scholzen is 5 feet tall, 130 pounds and has blonde hair.

Anyone with information on Scholzen’s whereabouts is asked to call the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department at 435-652-1122 or the Washington County Dispatch at 435-634-5730.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24/7, at 800-273-8255.

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  • comments August 7, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    check her twitter, facebook, snapagrams, insta-whatever else and find out if she maybe had a guy friend she ran off with. Whenever a teen says “I’m going for a walk” you’ll know something is up, because teens don’t just go for walks.
    Just doesn’t happen. Odds are her and her boyfriend will run out of money real quick and get a lil hungry and they’ll be back in no time.

    • Commenter August 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Unbelievable- You are a monster. A young girl with sucidial tendencies is missing and your response is that she ran off with her boyfriend? Believe it or not, teens just do “just go for walks”- and that may have been an indication something was wrong in the first place. But way to show concern about her well being.

      By the way, It’s “Snapchat” by the way and “Instagram”. And searching those won’t necessarily mean she’ll be found. And do you not think the police already thought of that.

      I hope that she is found because no family needs to go through this. But I also hope she is found so you don’t have to eat your words if something worse happens.

    • Steve August 8, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      A person is missing, parents are living out their worst nightmare and you make that comment saying she ran off with her boyfriend? Sad!

    • Diana August 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Really, dude? How would you feel if it’s about your teenager?

  • sheepobserver August 8, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Hmm, the right answer is,

    be on the lookout for that girl.

    I live in the heart of Ivins, and intend to do so.

    Good luck to the family during their trying times.

  • comments August 8, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    You people are overreacting to what I said. This is what girls this age typically do is run off with boys. Most of the time they realize the real world isn’t all fun and games and they come back pretty quick. The alternative things that may have happened are far worse and not at all fun to think about, so I consider what I said to be optimistic. Odds are she’ll be found within 1 or 2 days or today. Suicidal, mentally ill, etc.–they still run off with boys. The smart phones and all the social media make it quite easy for them to set stuff like that up. So the parents are deathly worried, I get that, but odds are she’ll show up real soon. If I’m wrong about that… well, I hope I’m not, because we all hope she is found real soon, right?

    • sheepobserver August 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm


      It’s just that your comment is dismissive of a situation that COULD be something far worse. You’re insinuating it’s not a time sensitive situation. I don’t doubt your wanting her to be found soon, it’s just not the right attitude to have, when in the event of some sort of abduction, time and astute observation are of the essence.
      Having a nonchalant, “she’ll turn up in a day or two”, attitude is exactly the wrong approach to a situation like this.

      You’re probably right, though, and I hope you are.

      • comments August 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        that’s true. i’m hopeful and optimistic that nothing bad happened though.

    • Steve August 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Of course we all hope she gets found, but that sentiment was lost in your original statement. And it’s still loss in your defense of an indefensible statement. A young girl is missing and you keep turning to “girls this age do this kid of thing.”

      You say optimistic, I say inconsiderate.

      You’re right, the world isn’t all fun and games when there are people like you making comments like that.

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