Family Desperately Searching for Missing Coral Springs Girl

Madison "Maddie" Bales

Madison “Maddie” Bales

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Madison Bales, age 17, has been missing from her Coral Springs home since Saturday night March 22.  “Maddie” is 5’9 “, 150 lbs, with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. A $10,000 reward will be given for information that results in Maddie’s safe return.

The family requests your prayers for her safe return and privacy during this difficult time.  Further information will be released when available.  The Coral Springs Police Department is gathering evidence to determine her whereabouts.

If you have information, please contact Coral Springs Police at Detective Brian Koenig 954-344-1800

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About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.

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  • Tammy Schmuki

    We live in Coral Springs. At the beginning of the school year, an older white male tried to get my daugther into his car on Sportsplex Drive. She ran and got away from him. We reported it to the police. He was an older white male with brown hair and a scar on the side of his eye. He drove an old beat up red 4 door car that either looked like the paint was peeling or it was in an accident. Maybe the same guy took her?

    • sandy white

      Did you report it to the police when it happened?

      • worldscam

        Read her 4th sentence.

      • Tammy Schmuki

        Yes. They had extra police cars patrol the street for awhile. It was in front of the nature center. The guy did not have a long scar. A small one on the side of his eye. I forget which eye. It is in the police report. It was a 4 door old red car, not an SUV. He was older and maybe dyed his hair brown.

    • damon

      Sounds like the guy from plantation that tried to take that boy from the park. He had a scare on the right side of his face. He was driving an older red suv.

      • andi phillips

        that incident in plantation never happened at the park, the boy admitted he made it up- see http://www.cbsmiami.com

  • C L

    Why is this story not in the local or statewide news?

  • Kristen

    I know this girl and her family. Chances are, she ran away. She was just recently involved in a major drug bust at our school and has fallen off the rails. I seriously doubt she was kidnapped. She has had major behavioral issues in the past year and has gotten caught up in the wrong crowd.

    • Katherine

      Being a mother and not knowing this family at all, I would imagine the kind of speculation from Kristen deviates the attention from the core issue at hand: a teenager is missing. Let’s please focus on finding Maddie and bringing her back to her family safe and sound. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

      • Ellen

        Agreed!!

      • Yessy

        the other core issue at hand is not knowing, when as a parent, (which I am) you’ve had enough the reason a lot of this happens is because parents keep allowing issues like this to just happen and they think no cell phone and a pep talk fixes the problem ITS DRUGS not a “D” on a math test my goodness its so tiring to see parents belittle things and then their crying when the kids have a drug overdose and die YES its sad very sad but DAMN do something about it something serious as serious as what your kid is doing As soon as you see big issues you need to take BIG measures If my son starts making ridiculous choices he will be getting boot camp to set him straight not a little slap on the back because I prefer for him to cry at boot camp than me crying on his tomb the reason our teens are such a reck these days is because parents don’t discipline harshly enough its ridiculous its like giving a man probation for murder hellooo clearly were doing something wrong when the kids are all a mess these days except for a handful

    • John

      I know this family and girl too and the fact is Kristen your information is irrelevant at this time and is out of date. The investigation is being handled by the Coral Springs PD who undoubtedly have all the information that is needed. Let’s stop spreading misinformation and only focus on what would help to bring her back. Let’s stop commenting stuff that isn’t helpful and start focusing on getting Maddie back and praying for her family. That is what I am doing.

      • Fred

        Kristen, you are taking heat for posting information that is not in the best interest of the child’s reputation. Having been a volunteer officer for a local police dept., I can tell you that ALL information – even dated info. – is IMPORTANT. Please don’t be discouraged by the nay-sayers that are more concerned with protecting the girl’s reputation than getting ALL information out there so that she can be found. A drug past – even after they have been through rehab – could have come back to her as an addiction OR as one of her past contacts becoming afraid that she will ‘snitch’ on them. To avoid that information is to close off one complete avenue of investigation. Keep the facts out there. Don’t listen to those who simply use nice words and SAY they just want to get the girl back but are too proper about her reputation, the reputation of the family, or (the head-in-the-sand attitude of) “there are no drug problems in my town”, etc. to REALLY care about getting her back.

    • pam

      The fact is she is missing, whether run away or not. Missing is missing. We should pray for her safe return and a change of heart if she is into things she shouldn’t be. I was a messed up teenager myself, THANK GOD for the people that prayed for me.

      • jeffrey

        Pam, John, and Katherine; respectfully, “Kristen’s” comments may hold quite a bit of useful information [if they’re true and valid] in narrowing the search for Madison! In order to find missing people, all relevant information about the person must be shared; even IF it presents a [potentially] negative picture. Providing such information is not for the purpose of judging ones behaviors or character, but for the sole purpose of focusing the search efforts! follow?

        • Kristen

          This is exactly what I was trying to say, thank you!

          • yessy215

            Kristen your information was helpful don’t let others negative comments affect you and if you are a teenager that is making the right choices out of the many that are sleeping around and taking drugs then I hope your proud of yourself these days these few select kids deserve a medal of honor If the girl was a hot mess and a major discipline issue I hope after the hug and safe return she got the much needed discipline so she doesn’t run away and end up dead the next time she tries to pull a little stunt if she were my daughter after I saw she was ok I would say “You think you left me worried for a week and Im just going to shed some tears on your return” uh yea I’m happy your home but the correctional officer at such and such and boot camp told me hes happy to help me pack your shit. From personal experience with my teen sister my mom tried it all talking to her the calm approach the punishing etc and shes 20 years old and still a hot mess making horrible horrible choices after watching her with my sister Im definitely not following that If im one day in her shoes with my kids If talking doesn’t work parents move the hell on to bigger things

  • MySpielMan54

    How nice of you to volunteer that info Kristen. Hope you’re right and nothing happens to her b/c you make people disregard the alert..

    • Fred

      Ms. Kristen, you are taking heat for posting information that is not in the best interest of the child’s reputation. Having been a volunteer officer for a local police dept., I can tell you that ALL information – even dated info. – is IMPORTANT. Please don’t be discouraged by the nay-sayers that are more concerned with protecting the girl’s reputation than getting ALL information out there so that she can be found. A drug past – even after they have been through rehab – could have come back to her as an addiction OR as one of her past contacts becoming afraid that she will ‘snitch’ on them. To avoid that information is to close off one complete avenue of investigation. Keep the facts out there. Don’t listen to those who simply use nice words and SAY they just want to get the girl back but are too proper about her reputation, the reputation of the family, or (the head-in-the-sand attitude of) “there are no drug problems in my town”, etc. to REALLY care about getting her back.

  • KBSweat

    My heart goes out to this family and I pray she is found fast. Kristen, your comment is suspicious to me. Why would any of that matter? A child is missing and her family and friends are frightened for her safety and well being.

  • Guest

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she be found safe and sound, quickly… Krist

  • Coral Sorings Police have finally sent out a media release this afternoon.

  • Generosa

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she be found safe and sound, quickly…
    **.Kristen, I would strongly suggest you take a class in sympathy and empathy, if not, you, like your parents, will procreate, and raise a self absorbed, entitled, beneath human waste… Let’s not forget a hypocrite, backstabber or perhaps, just a liar “I know this girl and her family.” How would you know, after all, according to you she was just horrible, why would someone like you, up high on a pedestal be involved or know someone like Maddie… If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. You little girl, are definitely part of the problem. Your parents must be proud.

    • JC

      Generosa, Beneath human waste? if Kristen is right and ran away you owe her an apology for your disgusting remarks. I do not know this girl or her family but some of what she said is fact like the school drug bust. But I hope, whether she ran away or something else, that they find her safe and restore her with her family.

    • Where’s the Love

      A hypocrite calling someone else a hypocrite. Insulting someone who insults someone else is a part of the problem as well. Sheesh. Prayers for Kristen and her safe return.

      • Stephanie

        Maddie is the person who is missing and whom we are hoping for a safe return.

    • JC

      Time to apologize Generosa. Kristen was correct. Either way your comments were unwarranted and disgusting.

    • Take a lesson in class

      You are the one who needs class here. Every detail is always useful , even if it paints a picture of the victim in a ugly way. You owe Kristen an apology.

      • yessy215

        she is no victim and yes details are needed sorry it paints her like ugly but they should say the truth so tired of hearing in the news “She was a straight A student never gave any problems never took drugs just perfect girl” UH no because that kind of girl would not run away sorry I agree with you

    • yessy215

      Kristen is no problem she is definitely not the one running away and anguishing her parents the only waste in this country is the teens who are taking drugs sleeping around and causing trouble not the ones who like Kristen realize some people are a damn disaster and don’t deserve so much attention my sister use to run away all the time if something would’ve happened then suits her well your actions have damn consequences and Im proud of the few teens who don’t fall into this stupidity

  • Grandma In Coconut Creek

    Maddie is safe! We are unbelievably grateful for her safe return. We want to thank all of you, especially Detective Brian Koenig and the Coral Springs Police D…epartment, as well as the entire community for your quick actions and prayers. We believe the work of the police and especially the incredible speed at which the word was spread by the community directly led to her safe return from this very difficult experience. It is clear from the authorities that without your quick action we would have faced a much worse outcome. We ask that you respect our family’s privacy at this time and appreciate your continued prayers. Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are to be surrounded by such a wonderful and vigilant community.

  • Kristen

    I feel like my comment was taken in the wrong way. I only said that because people were talking about some man trying to take their kid. I was simply stating reasons why I believe she ran away. I hope Maddie returns safe and gets the help she needs. I was only trying to clarify some speculation in regards to those freaking out over some guy who has nothing to do with this. I find it funny how all of you jumped on my back for not being “empathetic” while you were all being jerks yourself. I appreciate those who tried to clarify my comment.

    • JC

      I understand totally Kristen. Generosa owes you an apology… and it nows seems like you were right. My daughter knows her too so what you said was fact.

    • yessy215

      Kristen your on the right track and sound like an amazing young lady And don’t apologize for stating that the girl was a disaster if she was she was and that’s it her parents need to put their foot down case closed before she continues as a reck not trying to sound cruel and I don’t wish any harm upon a young girl glad shes back safe but I hope she is not rewarded for running away jeez

  • stonecutter0602

    I know not this family, this girl, or the circumstances of her disappearance. What I see here, in reading this comment stream, is the virulent poison of the internet and comment streams in particular, when near-anonymous or anonymous commenters feel free to rip each other to shreds over nothing more than pure speculation regarding motives or intent. It’s mob mentality in the form of digital allegation, unsubstantiated accusation and instant character assassination. You know who you are, and if you have any self-awareness at all (unlikely), you should be ashamed.

    • John

      Thank you stone cutter. I think you name this very well. The Internet is dangerous and anonymous posts can be dangerous as well. We should all try to stay free from ripping anyone info shreds and speculate on motive.

      Kristen and JC … You may or may not know something about this girl and her family or her past. But what you absolutely don’t know is what really happened. The very few who do know (her, her family and the police) are certainly not calling this a simple case of a runaway girl her had some trouble. So before you start patting yourself on the back for being ‘right’ you might consider that the true facts of this case will never be understood. No one has a clean past but the past doesn’t matter when someone is in danger and it appears the danger was clear enough to illicit a lot more than what a general troubled teen would deserve. I hope we can put it past us. I am not blaming anyone and understand that some things were said incorrectly on all sides, but let’s come together and learn as stone cutter suggested.

      • Fred

        Whether it offends your ideals or not, people need to face there are problems connected with a child’s disappearance. Berating those who provide ‘negative’ information, CAN be the lead that takes investigators to the appropriate players. Dealing out heat for posting information that is not in the best interest of the child’s reputation often shows people with a ‘rose-colored glasses’ view of their town and/or neighborhood. Having been a volunteer officer for a local police dept., I can tell you that ALL information – even dated info. – is IMPORTANT. Please don’t be discouraged by the nay-sayers that are more concerned with protecting the girl’s reputation than getting ALL information out there so that she can be found. A drug past – even, after they have been through rehab – could have come back to her as an addiction OR as one of her past contacts becoming afraid that she will ‘snitch’ on them. To avoid that information is to close off one complete avenue of investigation. Keep the facts out there. Don’t listen to those who simply use nice words and SAY they just want to get the girl back but are too proper about her reputation, the reputation of the family, or (the head-in-the-sand attitude of) “there are no drug problems in my town”, etc. to REALLY care about getting her back.