Family of Missing Girl Asks Her to Come Home

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

A 16-year old Augusta county girl is still missing. Her family is trying to make sense of her disappearance.

Jennifer Romero isn't the type of girl to just disappear. She doesn't party and comes home right after school. That's why her father, Ronald Flores, says Saturday morning was very scary.

"My little girl, she went to her bedroom, to wake her up," he said. "She wasn't there. There was some stuff from her bedroom that was missing. Clothes, perfumes."

No one heard Jennifer leave in the middle of the night. No one knows where she went or who she left with. She's had her phone off and even deactivated her Facebook account.

Investigators were able to find out she had a boyfriend listed. It's the only lead they have.

"We don't know if she ran away with the boyfriend or what happened with her," said Flores. "Sometimes the Facebook, especially for teenagers, that's a really dangerous thing."

There was an initial thought Jennifer could be in a very dangerous part of Arlington. That changed with further investigation.

A family argument on Thursday could have prompted Jennifer to run away. Fearing the worst case scenario, Jennifer's Spanish-speaking mother Vilma is in shock.

"She feels really bad because she feels without her, her life is not a life," said Flores, translating his wife's words.

It's been well over 24 hours and Jennifer's sisters Yalinelis and Estrellita are starting to miss her dearly. They showed out reporter a doll, hoping memories of Jennifer's Quinceañera could prompt her to come home.

"She's my biggest sister and I love her so much," said Estrellita. "She's my only big sister. I don't know what to say to her. I just love her so much."

The only thing Jennifer's family can do is wait and hope for some sign that she is okay and wants to come home.

Flores again translates his wife's tearful plea.

"Please come back. We are waiting for you."

Investigators at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office are asking that anyone with any information call them as soon as possible at (540) 245-5333.


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