Runaway or foul play? Tennessee 14 year old teen girl, Savannah Leigh Pruitt now missing 3rd week as no sign of her whereabouts or who she might be with?
The parents of a missing 14-year-old girl who disappeared over two weeks ago have urged their daughter to come home as multiple states join Tennessee authorities in their search.
Savannah Leigh Pruitt was last seen at her Madisonville home on January 13 at around 11pm.
She is said to have two mobile phones with her which last pinged the morning after her disappearance near a welcome center in Corbin, Kentucky, around 130 miles from her family’s house.
Detective Jason Fillyaw with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee said on Friday that the youngster’s phones are no longer turned on, and she has not posted on social media since before she went missing.
‘Life has just ceased for us since the day she left,’ her father, Randall Pruitt, said during a press conference.
‘It’s like having your soul ripped out of your body. You can’t think, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t rest.’
Added the father, ‘She has never misbehaved or been a bad kid ever. This is way out in left field for her. Please come home, we do miss you terribly.’
The teenager’s distraught mother Christina Pruitt begged her daughter to return home and added: ‘She was my sunshine, and now my sunshine is gone. Please help us find our baby, please.
‘We’re very heartbroken. I miss her. I don’t understand…none of us understand.’
She also added that Savannah’s three siblings ‘very heartbroken. They miss her. They don’t understand. ‘Course none of us understand.’
Savannah Leigh Pruitt missing: Is she in danger?
Authorities in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia are now all involved in the search, with the Atlanta bureau of the FBI confirming it was also assisting with the case.
This is because the Pruitt family lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia, before relocating to Tennessee in December.
It is believed that the teenager, who has not officially been classed as endangered as officials have no information suggesting she is in direct danger, may have been traveling north to an unknown destination, NBC News reported.
‘I’ve been in an investigative position with this agency for three years now, and this is the first time we’ve had a missing juvenile go to this level,’ the detective said. ‘Usually, we locate them within 24 to 48 hours and they’re home safe.’
It remained unclear if the teen may have willfully left with another individual(s) – and if so, why?
To date authorities have pored through more than 2,000 pages of the teen’s cell phone and social media activity, but still have few clear answers.
Police don’t believe the missing teenager was in communication with anyone who wanted to abduct her or intended to run away, Fillyaw added.
Pruitt had just moved with her family to their home in Tennessee just four weeks earlier from Lawrenceville, Georgia, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
She had apparently been happy about the move because their new home was in a farm setting.
Her parents described their daughter, who is the oldest of four children, as an animal lover who loved horses, her pet raccoon and other family farm animals.
Savannah is described by officials as 5ft 3in with blonde hair and blue eyes. To date, foul play has not been suggested as one family awaits news of their teen daughter.