A heartbroken mother of a missing teen has issued a tearful appeal to find her daughter, who vanished after planning to run away with her secret boyfriend she met on Snapchat.
37-year-old Claire Keight from Castle Gresley, Derbyshire said she and her 14-year-old daughter were shopping when she ‘took £30 out in cash and just went off.’ She only found out about the teen’s secret boyfriend from her friends.
“We’d played Twister on Saturday night and she was fine and were talking about going shopping on Sunday, she was really excited,” Ms. Keight said.
“On Sunday morning we both got up early and she asked me to transfer her Christmas money of £37 into her account which I did.
“When we went into town she took £30 out in cash and just went off. All we know is she took a train to Birmingham. Her friends told us she’d met a boy of around the same age on Snapchat and was going to run away with him.
“She has £7 in her account and she’s in Birmingham. We have no idea where she is or who’s with. We don’t even know if she’s being held against her will. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks.”
The heartbroken mother also criticized the authorities’ handling of the case.
“Apparently the police said there was difficulty in getting the CCTV from Birmingham train station so we don’t know who she met,” she continued.
“We are getting all these details drip fed from her friends or kids. I actually found out the name of the boy she was supposed to be meeting and called him.
“He was just a kid and confirmed he knew where she was but wouldn’t say if he had met her.
“Her friends said she was going to Birmingham to run away with this online boyfriend we knew nothing about. We’re all frantic and I’m just crying all the time.”
She added: “Caitlin has never done anything like this before. She’s a good kid and we had a really lovely Christmas. I just want her home safe.”
The 14-year-old was last seen by Primark in Coopers Square at around 11:30am.
A spokesperson for police said: “Teenager Caitlin Wright is still missing this morning and we are releasing new photos of her as part of our appeal to find her.”
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