The families of Liana Andrews, 16, and Kacie Watson, 14, are frantically searching for the teens who went missing on Friday, August 17 after apparently making plans to meet a man they encountered on Facebook.
While hanging out at Andrew’s Houston, Texas home, the teens snuck out after Laina’s grandmother went to bed. They took Laina’s mother’s car and sent her grandmother a text message saying they’d be back home the following day around 1:30 p.m., but never returned. Their families are extremely worried.
“You can’t imagine what we are going through unless you’ve been in this position before. It’s unbelievable. It makes you numb. You have to keep functioning but it’s only through the grace of God that you’re able to,” Ernestine Lomaz, Watson’s grandmother, said.
The car was found abandoned days later and 400 hundred of miles away in San Antonio, near the courthouse. The girls’ belongings were still inside.
Because the pair seem to have left willingly, police have classified their disappearance as a runaway case, but the girls’ families believe they may have been abducted.
“No girls would leave their makeup and clothes,” Watson’s grandmother said. “Not those two. They wouldn’t leave their makeup and clothes in a car.”
Laina’s mother, Lana Turner, echoed Watson’s sentiments. “This is not a runaway case,” she told KHOU. “My daughter and her friend are in danger. I know that and I want them found.”
The family has created a Facebook page to spread the word about the teens’ disappearance, and police are asking for the public’s help.
Anyone with information about Laina and Kacie’s whereabouts can call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, at 1-800-843-5678.