New details continue to emerge in the case of missing California teen Karlie Gusé, who vanished on October 13, reportedly from her family home in Chalfant, between 5:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
“Crime Stories'” Nancy Grace spoke exclusively with 16-year-old Karlie’s stepmother, Melissa Gusé, on Thursday. Melissa was the last known person to talk to the teen before she vanished.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Melissa said 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 said 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 said she 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.
Additional photos of Karlie Guse, who has been missing since the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018. Missing Person…
The stepmom, who said she’s extremely worried about Karlie, told Nancy Grace that the teen was wearing skinny jeans when she disappeared. Melissa also relayed the same information to authorities, but she indicated she assumed Karlie was wearing skinny jeans since she always wears the same type of jeans. It seemed plausible that she would likely have been wearing them, according to Melissa.
“I only said that because she always wears her skinny jeans. So I just assumed her had her skinny jeans on.”
Based on reported witness accounts, however, Karlie may have been wearing dark grey sweatpants when she disappeared, along with a white t-shirt and Vans shoes.
According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, all leads have been exhausted in the search for Karlie, which included scent dogs, helicopters, foot patrol, and off-road vehicles. Sheriff Ingrid Brauhn told CrimeOnline that authorities searched for the teen several days on end, but there’s still no sign of Karlie.
Brauhn also stressed that law enforcement in the county does not authorize or support any volunteer search parties, as it would be a liability to the sheriff’s department. She did say, however, that she cannot prohibit those who wish to search on their own.
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[Feature Photo: Karlie Gusé/Handout]