The parents of a missing special needs girl in Georgia aren’t sure who to trust, as they’re faced with an onslaught of online harassment.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kaylee Jones, 16, was last seen near Whooping Creek Church Road in Carrollton on June 14, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Her parents, Daniel and Brenda Jones, told police they told their daughter goodnight on Tuesday night, but the following day she was gone.
While police said Kaylee may have met up with someone she met online, her parents fear she’s fallen in with the wrong people. Kaylee is autistic and requires special medication, and according to her father, she’s impressionable and vulnerable.
Danny said they took her cellphone away from her after learning she was talking with strangers online, but Kaylee still had access to her laptop, where she continued chatting online. She then reportedly left home through a second-story window without her laptop.
Meanwhile, Danny told CrimeOnline that some online bloggers and vloggers requested interviews, but the family declined after they were warned that certain groups should be avoided.
Afterward, the harassment started.
“We weren’t asked nor would we have,” Danny said, recalling the warnings he received.
We are really having a hard time dealing with all of this…We now have trolls out there that are getting information and media clips and putting them together and posting them on Facebook/YouTube and editing it in a way that makes us look like bad people and all of this to profit from my daughter who is missing.
Brenda Jones said Kaylee may have a backpack with her, possibly with the words “Mazi” or “Kaylee” written on it. She also reportedly said although Kaylee is 16, she operates mentally at a level below her age.
“Mentally she is like a young kid and wouldn’t know if she is in danger,” she told DailyMail. “Why isn’t she being put out as a Mattie’s Call? This is horrific that no one can help.”
Kaylee is described as a white female who stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs around 135 pounds. Police said the teen does not have her phone with her.
Anyone with information about Kaylee should call Investigator Kim Biggs at 770-830-5916 or dial 911.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Nancy and her expert guests discuss the case below.
[Featured image: Kaylee Jones via Danny Jones]