The family of a missing 14-year-old girl are concerned for her well being and suspect she may be in the company of a 21-year-old man who was a janitor at her school.
WQAD 8 reports Anna Racine of Bureau, Illinois went missing from her home between 12:30 and 3 a.m. on the morning of Monday, August 14. Her mother, Karen Podobinski, believes she is with a man named Morgan Burcham, and addressed them directly on the website Crime Online, saying, “Morgan, bring her home safely. Anna, we love you with all our hearts. Please come home.”
According to her family, Racine has struggled with mental health issues, including self-harm. They say she didn’t bring any of her medications with her and fear what will happen if she doesn’t take them.
According to the Bureau County Republican newspaper, police have so far been unable to locate Burcham, whom they describe as standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, at 143 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. He drives a drives a silver 2008 Pontiac G6 with an Illinois license plate, bearing the number N519264.
Anna is described as standing 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair. Her guardians are unsure what she may be wearing besides a new pair of black Nike sneakers with tie-dye laces, and may also be carrying a red bag with her from Hall High School.
Her cousin Sarah House, who described Anna as a sister, pleaded for her and Burcham to return. “Please find your way home to those that love you and are worried about you. You don’t have to be afraid to turn back now. Morgan, do what is morally right. Make an adult decision,” she said in a statement to Crime Online. “She needs to be returned safely.” The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 815-875-3344.
[Photos: Bureau County Sheriff’s Department]