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Kayla Mattei

Urgent! Missing Virginia teen doesn’t have medication she needs

She may be in Georgia with an unknown adult she met online

A missing Prince William County, Virginia, teenager has been missing since Friday, and her parents say she’s without her needed diabetic medication.

NBC Washington reports that Makayla “Kayla” Phyllis Mattei, 15, was last seen on February 17 in Dumfries, off of the 2800 block of Banks Court. She supposedly left her home for school at Forest Park High School, yet never showed up. Her mother, Chermene Shaw, said that Kayla left her diabetes medication, but her family is worried that she may not be using the it properly; she requires daily insulin injections.

“We haven’t seen her. We haven’t heard from her. It feels like someone just ripped my heart out of my chest and there’s a hole,” said Shaw

Shaw also indicated that Kayla may be headed to Georgia to meet up with someone she met online. Kayla’s family has no idea who this person is or if they’re an adult or a teen.

“We believe she was talking to someone that she believed to be her age…We think that this may be an adult. They don’t live around here. They don’t go to school anywhere.”

Kayla stands 5-feet-4 inches tall and weighs  around 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing dark leggings, a pink zip-up Georgia State University (GSU) hoodie/jacket, and a black GSU backpack.

“I want Makayla to know that we love her. Everyone is looking for her. Your family. We miss you,” Shaw said. “We just want you to come home. If anyone has my daughter, we will find you. I will never stop looking until I get my baby back.”

Anyone with any information on Kayla’s whereabouts should call the Prince William County PD at 703-792-6500.

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