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Three sisters are harnessing social media to plead for the safe return of a missing California teenager, who mysteriously vanished from a shopping mall last month.
The disappearance of Veta Belford, 19, who reportedly hasn’t been seen since Oct. 17, has worried her family, who are using TikTok and other social media platforms in an attempt to locate her.
“We just want to know that she’s safe,” her older sister, Easter Kitiona, told "Dateline." “We hope someone will see her photos and come forward with information.”
Kitiona and her siblings are hopeful that the posts could go viral and subsequently shed light on her sister’s disappearance.
“We don’t believe she would just leave … so we’re just very worried about her,” Kitiona added.
Belford was last seen leaving her job at Home Depot on Truxel Road in Sacramento around 3:45 p.m., according to ABC affiliate KGTV. The teen, who had lost her job the day of her disappearance, was reported missing after her mother arrived to give her a ride home last month.
“My mother had texted and said she was waiting in the car outside,” Kitiona told "Dateline." “She waited for a little bit, but when my sister still hadn’t come out a few minutes before midnight, she went to find out.”
However, when Belford’s mother arrived, there was no trace of Belford.
“What we don’t understand is why she didn’t call someone for a ride,” the sister added. “She just walked out of the parking lot and that was it. We don’t know where she would go or who she would meet. It doesn’t make sense.”
Belford’s disappearance has baffled the family, who said it was unusual for the 19-year-old, who is deeply religious, to have gone off the radar for so long without contacting them.
“She always has her charger with her in case she needs to charge her phone,” Easter said. “For her phone to be off, it’s just strange.”
Since Belford was reported missing last month, authorities have struggled to track down any credible leads regarding what happened to the 19-year-old.
"Detectives assigned to our missing persons unit are following up with the investigation and it is currently active," Sacramento Police said in a statement, KGTV reported.
Belford is 5’4” tall, weighs roughly 215 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a striped brown and orange flannel shirt, and long denim pants, her family said. She was also last seen in possession of a crossbody bag.
“Hopefully someone has seen her and contacts us,” Easter said. “Any information would help — we just need to know that our sister is OK.”
Anybody with information related to Belford’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Sacramento Police Department at 916-808-5471.
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