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Missouri Family Fears Missing 15-Year-Old Is Being Held Against Her Will
The circumstances of Emilee Dubes' disappearance didn't warrant an Amber Alert or Endangered Person Advisory, according to Ashland Police. But her family believes she may be in danger, and says she left the house on the night of Dec. 4 without her jacket or phone.
A Missouri family is imploring the public to help them find their missing 15-year-old daughter who they fear is "being held against her will."
Emilee Dubes of Ashland was last seen on the evening of Dec. 4, according to the nonprofit group Missouri Missing.
Dubes has blonde hair and dimpled cheeks, stands at five-foot-four and weighs approximately 130 pounds.
"Her family believes that she could be in the Fulton, Missouri area, being held against her will," reads the nonprofit's flier. "However, she could be anywhere. Her phone is not with her."
Investigators in Missouri determined that Dubes has been "in contact with individuals," according to the Missing Person Awareness Network, and "might possibly be in the Fulton or Morrison, Illinois area."
Ashland investigators told KRCG that they had no credible evidence that the girl is in danger or was taken against her will. Therefore, her disappearance didn’t meet the criteria for an Amber Alert or an Endangered Person Advisory.
Ashland Police Chief Gabe Edwards said that regardless of how the case is classified, the department is "committed to reuniting Emilee with her parents."
"While we still do not have any credible evidence that Emilee is in danger, common sense tells us the longer a 15-year-old child remains missing, the higher the probability that they run into dangerous situations," Edwards added.
In a video posted to Facebook imploring the teen to come home, a female family member said that the girl had left home without permission several times before, and had always returned within six hours.
"This time, she left and she took nothing. Not her phone, not a jacket, nothing," she said.
Tearfully, she directed her message to the missing girl and said that she was "not in any trouble."
"All we want is for you to come home. You are not in any trouble, please, just come home."
The Ashland Police Department told KOMU that her family reported her missing on Dec. 5. KRCG reported that she likely cut the screen out of a bedroom window before leaving her parents' home without their knowledge or permission.
Dubes' father, Pete Anders, told KRCG: "Emilee, if you are seeing this, please come home. We love you, I love you."
“Emilee is my world," he continued."My only concern now is that she gets to sleep in her bed as soon as possible.”
Anders and Dubes' mother, Jennifer Anders, are offering $2,000 for any information that leads to their daughter. They plan to hold a candlelight vigil for the missing girl in Ashland on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.