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A Georgia couple is frustrated with police treating their teenage daughter’s disappearance like a runaway case – while parents fear something far worse has happened.
Kaylee Jones was last seen on June 14 in the Whooping Creek Church Road area of Carrollton. The parents of the 16-year-old are particularly worried about her because, as they explain, their daughter has special needs and has not taken her daily medication since her disappearance.
Since her daughter is a very trusting person, Daniel and Brenda Jones Afraid she may have been the victim of a sex trafficker. The father told DailyMail.com on Tuesday:
“Our daughter is missing…gone…gone…and it doesn’t seem like anyone is looking for her. The police think she’s a runaway… When the police arrived, they didn’t search our house properly. They didn’t use search dogs. Nothing. Kaylee is very trusting. Someone lured her away.”
The Joneses said authorities have done little to help in the weeks since the disappearance of their daughter, who is on the autism spectrum.
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Her mother noted that Kaylee is acting much younger than a 16-year-old, which is all the more reason she believes her daughter could be in danger. She shared:
“Mentally she’s like a little kid and wouldn’t know if she was in danger.”
Brenda said she previously asked the Carroll County investigator to provide a Mattie’s alarm — a nationwide emergency alert used for people who are disabled or elderly — but was told her daughter “didn’t qualify because she was considered a high-functioning autistic.” She complained:
“Why isn’t it passed off as Mattie’s Call? It’s terrible that nobody can help.”
Kaylee’s father added:
“It’s crazy. It’s hard to work. It’s hard to be home because she’s not there.”
While the police may disappoint her, Brenda said several nonprofits are calling her to see how they can help – which the frustrated parent “has helped keep us going,” according to the frustrated parent.
Kaylee’s parents said the last time they saw the teenager was when they said “goodnight” to her the night before she disappeared; The next morning they found her bed empty. Daniel and Brenda said they believe their daughter climbed out of her second-story window. That explains the runaway assumption.
The parents said she didn’t have her cell phone with her because they took it away a few days before she disappeared. In fact, the reason they took the teen’s phone in the first place was because she was talking to strangers online.
They claim she used her laptop to keep in touch with the unknown strangers after her phone was confiscated. After taking the phone away from her, the parents found out what else their daughter was up to. Daniel said:
“My wife found that she was talking to four or five guys on Snapchat. We didn’t know she was chatting online until she disappeared. She hid it from us.”
Two of the people Kaylee spoke to online, a 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old man she met, was were questioned and cleared by the police. However, one of the young men told police the teenager also snuck out of the house a few weeks ago – and her parents had no idea.
Whatever happened to Kaylee, we hope she was found safe and sound.
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