Family, authorities continue search for Highland Home teen
Published 2:50 pm Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Authorities are still searching for the now 18-year-old missing Highland Home teenager, Myra Alissia Freeman.
Freeman went missing around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, from her home in Highland Home (Magnolia Shores).
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference in April at the Crenshaw County Courthouse in Luverne to announce that an added reward of $10,000 was 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.
“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.
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.”
News of Freeman’s disappearance has not only made local and state headlines, but was recently picked up and aired nationally on Nancy Grace’s show on HLN.
“There haven’t been any updates so far. We were hoping that being on the Nancy Grace show would get something done. As far as I know, they haven’t received anything,” Metcalf said.
“We contacted them and several people, myself, my cousin, my sister-in-law, had contacted them.”
In an interview conducted by guest host Jean Casarez, Metcalf described her daughter’s appearance and told of when they discovered Freeman’s computer had been cleared of all information.
“We learned that she had apparently wiped her computer or cleaned it; I’m not sure what was done to it, but some things had been deleted,” Metcalf said.
“She doesn’t really have any marks that stand out, like a birthmark or anything like that. She just has one of those faces, you know, you just know her when you see her. And her eyes stand out, how blue they are.”
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.