The FBI, along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) are assisting in attempts to locate a California teen who disappeared around two weeks ago and has not been heard from since.
According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, despite a “week-long search of the surrounding high desert and a continuing investigation,” they have no new leads in the disappearance of 16-year-old Karlie Gusé, who was reportedly last seen October 13.
“Due to our remote location and limited resources, we brought in the expertise of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and they continue to assist our investigation,” Mono County authorities wrote.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Karlie is said to have disappeared from her Mono County home 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.
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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 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.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that three witnesses saw someone who matched Karlie’s description during the early morning hours of October 13, walking in and her around her neighborhood wearing a white shirt and dark grey pants.
Authorities also touched on reported requests of having the county DA step in assist with the investigation. However authorities indicated that the DA’s Office does not assist in missing persons cases. No foul play is suspected at this time.
“Missing Person investigations do not fall under the jurisdiction of the District Attorney, nor does that Office possess resources that have not already been utilized. We have briefed the District Attorney’s Office and will bring them in should the circumstances of the investigation warrant.”
Karlie did not have her cellphone or personal belongings on her when she disappeared. She may have disappeared in a white shirt, grey pants, and Vans shoes. She stands 5-feet-7 inches tall, weighs around 110 pounds, and has light brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with any information on Karlie’s whereabouts should contact the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-7549, option 7.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Karlie Gusé/Handout]