CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County deputies have expanded the hunt for a missing teenager. Ericka Brown, 16, disappeared from her home in the Cross Lanes area on the night of Aug.10. She’s had no contact with her family or friends since that night.
“That’s why we think something has changed,” said Corporal Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. “This was not a runaway where she planned to forsake all contact with friends and family. That’s not a realistic theory.”
Deputies have scoured phone conversations and surveillance video in an effort to find out her pattern in the days leading to her disappearance. They are attempting to find out who she sneaked out of her house to meet as her parents slept. The clues uncovered so far have taken deputies out of the Charleston area toward Parkersburg, Athens, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio.
“Investigators are a little hesitant to release exactly why they believe she was headed that direction the night she went missing,” said Humphreys. “There are some indicators that’s one place we might be looking and we want to get her picture out there in those areas.”
Brown is 5′-1″, 100 pounds and has long, sandy blonde hair. Authorities are unsure what she was wearing the night she left. They’re asking anyone who may have knowledge of Brown’s whereabouts to give them a call at 304-357-0169.