Family pleads for missing teen to return; says she was bullied
A Pleasanton family was anxiously waiting Tuesday night to see if a new tip would lead to the safe return of their 13-year-old daughter, who walked out of the family home early Sunday morning.
On Tuesday night, police say a friend of the girl’s came forward with information that Ana Elizarraras may be in the San Jose area.
Police tell KTVU they’re very concerned about her whereabouts because of Elizarraras’ young age.
She was last seen by a neighbor getting into a car with three males at Vineyard Avenue and First Street in Pleasanton Sunday.
Her family said Tuesday that they didn’t know the people with her.
They say Ana left an old photo of herself along with a note, telling her parents she felt guilty about the problems she caused them.
In response, her father Salvador Elizarraras had a message for his daughter Tuesday night.
“Ana, it’s not your fault; it’s nobody’s fault. We just want you back at home,” said Elizarraras.
Ana’s family told KTVU that she was bullied on social media sites and that the eighth grader was suspended from Pleasanton Middle School several months ago.
At the time of her disappearance, she was enrolled in independent studies.
“When she was around me, she always had a smile on her face. But I can’t see that smile anymore,” said her older brother Salvadore Elizarraras, who was clearly distraught.
Ana’s smile may have hid what her family describes as bouts of depression.
“I wish I could have done something,” said Salvadore.
Police say they’re treating this case very seriously in part because Ana hasn’t made contact with friends or family on social media which she uses often.
“From talking to her friends that know her best, she hasn’t made a presence on social media at all since Saturday night,” said Sgt Kurt Schlehuber of the Pleasanton Police.
The family says they are incomplete with ana missing.
“We are desperate to get Ana back home again… safely,” said her father Salvadatore.
Her family said that Ana does not have a cell phone.
As of late Tuesday night, police have not yet said if they’ve located the missing girl.