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Family Of Teen Who Vanished In The Middle Of The Night Found Window Open And Screen Cut

Gloria Alvarado left her phone behind in her family's Michigan home, but authorities believe she may have taken her toothbrush.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
What Is A Citizen Detective?

Authorities in Michigan are searching for a teenage girl who vanished from her home in the dead of night earlier this month.

Gloria Alvarado, 15, has been missing for more than two weeks now. Her mother, Tina Alvarado, said that her daughter went to sleep in her bedroom at around 9 p.m. on the night of Nov. 1 ; the following morning, when Tina Alvarado went to wake her daughter up for school, the teen was gone, Fox 2 reports. Upon further inspection, Tina Alvarado found that the curtain on her daughter’s bedroom window was “hanging open,” revealing an open window and a screen on the outside that had been cut. The teen’s phone was also left behind on her bed, but police said that they believe she took a toothbrush with her, according to the outlet.

“Her phone was on her pillow and she was gone,” Tina Alvarado told the News-Herald. “I started screaming. I told my 21-year-old son that Gloria’s gone and we searched the house, then called 911. We have been looking for her ever since.”

The Taylor Police Department, who are working with other agencies on their investigation into the teen’s disappearance, have said that surveillance footage captured by a neighbor’s camera shows a car pulling up to the Alvarado home at around 1 a.m. on the night that Gloria went missing. In the 14-second clip, a  man can be seen getting out of the car, but police are not certain that the video has any connection to Gloria’s disappearance.

Gloria Alvarado Pd

According to the Alvarado family, Gloria is a straight-A student who was “always laughing,” and has no history of running away. In the wake of her disappearance, her family is begging the public for any answers that could lead them to her.

“Nobody is saying anything," Tina Alvarado told Fox 2. "Somebody has to have seen something.”

The Alvarado parents told the News-Herald that they didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary on the night that their daughter disappeared, and the day before, she’d gone shopping with her father and sister and nothing seemed amiss. The family has been tirelessly searching for her in the days since, with Ramon Alvarado, Gloria’s father, telling the outlet that he drives around “all day, all night” in the hopes of finding her.

More than 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil at James E. Boardman Park on Thursday night as a show of support for the Alvarado family, the News-Herald reports.

Gloria Alvarado is around 5 feet and 2 inches tall, weighs 168 pounds, and may be wearing white and pink Air Jordan shoes. Anyone with any information on the case is encouraged to contact the Taylor Police Department.

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