The parents of a 15-year-old Belmont girl, who has been missing for over a week, are pleading for her safe return.
Nya Brown was last seen on Jan. 17 around 6 p.m., according to Belmont police.
Authorities, who have called for the public’s help in finding her, say Brown is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. It is unknown what Brown was wearing when she disappeared.
Her father, Devon Brown, told The Boston Herald on Tuesday he discovered she was not home the following morning — her bedroom window was open and her phone and wallet were still there.
“She’s just gone, and I need her to come back,” her mother, Heather Glassco, told the newspaper. “I need someone to give her back if someone has her.”
Nya Brown lived with her mother in Illinois since age 4 but moved to Belmont to live with her father in May, the Herald reports.
The teenager is a student and track athlete at Belmont High School. Her mother said Nya Brown loves baking, dancing, track, and rap music.
“She’s funny, she’s personable — she’s everything you would want in a child, which is why this makes no sense,” Devon Brown said.
Glassco said her daughter had been struggling with depression but was receiving treatment, according to the Herald. She ran away from home twice before but returned after a few hours or was discovered.
Nya Brown had been speaking with older men over social media, said Glassco, adding that she thinks the platforms have “to be having some sort of impact.”
In recent days, Glassco, who flew to Boston, has handed out fliers in search of her daughter.
“I don’t know where she’s sleeping, I don’t know if she’s eaten any food, I don’t if she’s warm,” she said.
Devon Brown spends 12 to 14 hours a day searching for her, he said.
“She was the sweetest girl ever and I’m truly at a loss,” he said. “I’m lost.”
Belmont Police Chief James MacIsaac told the Herald the department is following all leads in the case and is working with other law enforcement departments in the area in its search.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 617-484-1212.
“I just want her to know that she’s my whole heart, she’s my heart outside of my body, she’s my first kid,” Glassco said.
Devon Brown said his daughter is “loved, she’s needed, she’s wanted.”
“Her life isn’t over,” he said. “She can get through this.”
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