It is now 13 days since anyone has heard from missing 17-year-old Autumn Sanville, and though her parents are holding out hope, they fear their daughter is in danger. Her mother Karlene Rogstad, told NBC’s Dateline, “What if she's in a really dangerous situation, and people aren't looking at it that way?" Though friends of the Vermont teen said she had made statements about running away, police are still treating this as an open investigation. "In my heart, I know she didn't leave with the intention of not coming home," said Rogstad.
Autumn Sanville was last seen on the morning of Tuesday, October 6th, when she headed off to school that day at Springfield High School. That afternoon, though, her mother became concerned when she didn’t stop home before going to work at a local pizzeria, one of three jobs the teen had. When she called the restaurant, they told her Autumn’s schedule had changed and she wasn’t working that day. Rogstad’s calls and texts to her daughter went unanswered and she filed a missing person’s report that night.
Autumn’s cellphone was pinged near a boat launch where her abandoned car was found, her schoolbooks inside. There are reports of her being seen getting into a car with several other people earlier in the day. However the fact that she left her most prized belongings and $200 in her room doesn’t match the profile of a runaway. It is her mother’s fear that she may have gotten herself into a dangerous situation she can’t get out of. "She's a teen. Most teens sometimes skip a day of school,” says Rogstad, knowingly, before adding, “I don't believe she thought it was going to be longer than that.”
The search for Autumn Sanville has gone viral, as support for her family has grown. Hundereds of posters have been put up around Weathersfield, Vermont, where she lived, and in nearby Springfield, where she went to school. A Facebook page has been set to help raise awareness and information on the missing teen. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call the Vermont State Police at (802) 722-4600.