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No new clues in search for teen

Authorities are still searching for a missing Highland Home teenager. Myra Alissia Freeman, 18, went missing around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, from her home in the Magnolia Shores Community, near Highland Home.

The FBI and the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Wednesday at the Crenshaw County Courthouse to announce that an added reward of $10,000 is being offered for information identifying Freeman’s whereabouts. According to Crenshaw County Sheriff Mickey Powell, the total amount of the reward now stands at $13,500.

Myra Alissia Freeman

Myra Alissia Freeman

“The FBI generally gets involved in any matter of a kidnapping of anyone under 18 years old,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Kirby.

“At this point, we have no idea where she is. Obviously, there is the possibility she may have crossed state lines, and for us that brings the ability to assist the Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation because we have 56 field officers nationwide. We can send leads everywhere and have someone at a location in a very short time.”

Vickie Metcalf, Freeman’s mother, still holds onto the hope that her child will come home, and she urges the community to report any potential sightings.

“She said she was going to take out the garbage from her room because she had cleaned her room up Sunday. I was in there cooking when she came through the kitchen and she never did come back inside,” Metcalf said.

“Alissia, if you’re somewhere willingly and safe, please just let us know you’re OK.”

Neither department has any new information regarding her whereabouts or current appearance, and according to Powell, this is the first Crenshaw County missing child case to span this length of time.

Anyone with information on Freeman’s whereabouts is asked to call the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office at (334) 335-6568, Freeman’s parents, Chris and Vickie Metcalf, at (334) 537-4004 or the FBI at (251) 438-3674.