It’s been almost two weeks since a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home in a small California town, and her family is desperate for her safe return. Her mother Lindsay joined “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” on Thursday to express her fears over what may have happened to her daughter, as she continues to hit a brick wall when trying to get answers.
Karlie Gusé, 16, reportedly disappeared from her Mono County home on October 13, somewhere between the hours of around 5:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The girl’s stepmother, Melissa Gusé, told CrimeOnline she picked Karlie up the night prior in “town,” miles away from the family’s rural home on the outskirts of Bishop. Karlie was then brought home, according to Melissa, near White Mountain Estate Road in Chalfant, which lies around 14 miles north of Bishop.
Melissa told CrimeOnline that her stepdaughter admitted to her that she had smoked marijuana on the evening of October 12 while out with her boyfriend and a few friends, and said the teen seemed disoriented and “acted paranoid” when she picked her up at around 8 p.m. The stepmom, who said Karlie was alone when she picked her up, stated she eventually she got the teen calm and even slept in her room with her all night to make sure she was OK.
At around 5:30 a.m. the following morning, Melissa reportedly woke up and when she looked over, Karlie was next to her, lying awake. At some point, Melissa dozed off again for a short period, then woke up again at around 7:15 a.m to 7:30 a.m. and Karlie was gone.
There were no signs of forced entry into the home and the front door, according to Karlie’s biological mother, Lindsey Fairley, was slightly ajar.
Despite massive search efforts to find Karlie, including the use of scent dogs and helicopters, she has not been located. Melissa told CrimeOnline that at least three neighbors saw someone who could have been Karlie. The stepmom stated that while at least one neighbor said they spotted someone they believed to be Karlie, the other two neighbors reportedly said they couldn’t be sure, as they’ve never met the teen personally. Melissa, however, said that all three neighbors provided the same description.
“She was last seen in our community by two–well, three neighbors. One was the old guy who said around 6:30 [a.m.] and then two other neighbors said 7:30 [a.m.].”
Melissa also indicated that someone told her they saw someone who looked like Karlie at the corner of Highway 6, around a mile away from her family home, standing on the inside of a barbed wire fence. Sheriff Ingrid Brauhn with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that three separate witnesses told authorities they saw someone who looked like Karlie walking in and around the neighborhood, early morning, October 13.
Despite the reported sightings, Karlie remains missing without a trace. She apparently did not have her cellphone on her when she disappeared and was last seen in a white shirt, grey pants, and Vans shoes. She’s described as being 5-feet-7 inches tall, 110 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
The teen’s mother, Lindsay, wants a more thorough investigation done, including authorities gathering additional evidence in case foul play may have occurred.
“Nobody is treating this as anything other than a missing person at this point,” Lindsay told Nancy Grace, explaining that Melissa recorded Karlie the night she brought her home, and it appeared that there may have been some sort of scuffle.
Lindsey indicated that the recording ended before she could determine if there indeed was some sort of altercation, but it left her feeling bewildered and worried. Lindsey is now pleading for help and hoping someone, somewhere will come forward with information.
Additional photos of Karlie Guse, who has been missing since the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018. Missing Person…
Nancy Grace is joined today by lawyer & psychologist Dr. Brian Russell, host of Investigation Discovery’s “Fatal Vows” series; Dr. Michelle DuPre, South Carolina medical examiner and author of Homicide Investigation Field Guide;” forensics expert Joseph Scott Morgan, and Crime Stories reporter, Robyn Walensky, who’s also the author of “Beautiful Life?: The CSI Behind the Casey Anthony Trial & My Observations from Courtroom Seat #1.”
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[Feature Photo: Karlie Gusé/Handout]