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Holidays ‘Absolutely Not The Same,’ Says Family Of Missing Teen, Whose Disappearance Was Followed By Series Of Strange Texts

Faith Lindsey, who had been living with her boyfriend when she vanished, has not been heard from since Oct. 28.

By Jill Sederstrom

A missing Oklahoma teen’s family is desperate for answers about what happened to the 17-year-old, who disappeared five weeks ago after a series of strange texts came from her phone.

Although the weeks continue to pass by since anyone has seen Faith Lindsey alive, her family continues to search for the teen and is urging anyone who may have information in the case to come forward.

“We miss her terribly,” her grandmother Mary Tucker told KOCO, adding that the Thanksgiving holiday was “absolutely not the same” without Lindsey.

Lindsey was last seen by her boyfriend, Tanner Washington, whom she had been living with in Pauls Valley, on Oct. 28, according NBC News.

Her sister Justice Lindsey told Dateline that Faith’s boyfriend had texted her that night saying he couldn’t find Faith and that she was missing.

Faith Lindsey

But a short time later, Justice said she received strange messages from her sister’s phone that did not match her sister’s usual communication style.

“She was misspelling a lot of things that night, and Faith, she has very good punctuation and spelling and that just wasn’t her,” Justice told Dateline. “She kept trying to call me a lot, but hung up as soon as I answered, which is kind of suspicious.”

The family officially reported her missing on Nov. 4 and has continued to try to find her as the days stretch on since she was last seen.

Investigators and volunteers have searched the nearly 100 acres behind the Chapel Ridge Apartments, where Faith was living with Washington when she disappeared, but have not found any clues to her whereabouts, local station KWTV-DT reports.

“We want to give her family answers. We never use the word closure because we don’t know if something bad happened with Faith. We want to remain optimistic,” Brian Smith, of the Oklahoma City and Metro Search and Rescue team which is aiding in the search effort, told the station. “As long as investigators believe an area needs to be searched, we are happy to search it.”

A second search is reportedly planned for this weekend.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is also assisting in the investigation and has offered a $5,000 reward for anyone with information about the disappearance.

Faith’s family is beginning to fear the worst, but they've tried to remain optimistic the teen will be found alive.

“It just doesn’t make sense. This isn’t like Faith at all,” Justice told KFOR-TV. “I have a gut feeling something did happen to her. I really hope that she’s safe.”

Faith is described as 5’2” tall, weighing 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She also has several distinctive tattoos including one on her stomach of a key with the initials JL and SM, and another of a cross on her thumb.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact authorities.