A Crenshaw County, Alabama, teen, who disappeared in 2015 after telling her parents she was taking out the trash, was located in Texas.
Alabama Media Group reports that Alissia Freeman, 17 at the time, told her parents she was taking the trash out at their Highland Home residence, on December 13, 2015. She never returned. A few neighbors told authorities that they saw her walking down a highway later that evening. Alissia’s family didn’t hear from her again until this earlier this week. On Monday, she contacted her mother via video chat and said she was in El Paso, Texas.
Missing AL teen found in TX in happy photo with her mom at their emotional reunion. Alissia Freeman is spending time with her family now pic.twitter.com/56Z1gcAz0W
— Lindsey Rogers (@WSFALindsey) April 19, 2017
For a little over a year, rumors have been circulating that Alissia was abducted and forced into sex trafficking. FBI investigators, however, aren’t giving out any details yet. They intend to perform a DNA test on Alissia, although her mother, Vickie Metcalf, met up with her at a disclosed location in El Paso, and stated that she was indeed with her daughter.
“We wanted to let you all know that we have talked to Alissia today … Praise God!” Metcalf wrote on Facebook. We know you will have lots of questions, but right now all we can say is that she alright and that is what is most important.”
While authorities investigate, the family, at least for now, ask for privacy while they get reacquainted with Alissia.
Mom of missing AL teen found in TX says she left home willingly. She hasn't been in TX the whole time she's been gone. Declined to say more pic.twitter.com/ZNgRaaf3Zb
— Lindsey Rogers (@WSFALindsey) April 21, 2017
“I would like to humbly ask that you have patience during this exciting, yet difficult time. Let’s all take a deep breath and give the family a little leeway right now, please?” a Facebook post read.
The family promised to release information to the public at a later time. For now, they’re relieved that Alissia is back home.
The story is still developing. Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children]