• FBI, Vandergrift police seeking help finding missing teenager


    VANDERGRIFT, Pa. - UPDATE: The teen who was reported missing in this story has been found and investigators believe she is the victim of a sex crime. Because of this WPXI has removed her name and images from our website.

    ORIGINAL STORY: A local mother hasn’t seen her daughter’s face in eight days.

    She dropped off 16-year-old at work at the McDonald’s in Allegheny Township on June 26.

    “We give each other a hug and kiss say, ‘I love you, I’ll see you later,’ and she got out of the car and she went into McDonald’s and that was the last time I seen her and had her physically in my arms,” the mother said.

    When she went back to pick her up, she found out her daughter was gone, and her phone was off.

    “It just goes straight to a voicemail that’s not even set up,” she said.


    Vandergrift police checked surveillance video and saw the teen getting into a white Chrysler 300 less than an hour after she started her shift.

    “She was walking back and forth and the white car pulls up, she gets in it and then she’s not there no more,” her mother said. “I’ve never seen the car and I didn’t know she knew anybody that has a vehicle like that.”

    The search for the teen now has the FBI involved as well as the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    “Not being harmed, eating, she was in her uniform, does she have different clothes? Has she bathed? Has she showered? Not knowing... kills me,” Grantham said.

    She’s holding out hope – she desperately wants the teen where she belongs.

    “It is a mother’s worst nightmare to not know if your child is safe,” mom said. “I need to know she’s safe and good and home with me where she should be where she’s supposed to be.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call Vandergrift police at 724-568-5507.



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