The family of missing 15-year-old Krysten Roth think she was lured away by an Internet predator, and they're fuming at Oregon police, who regard the teen as a runaway.
Roth was last seen by her mother, Michelle Roth, in their Gresham home on the night of Dec. 3.
Michelle Roth kissed her daughter goodnight and, when she awoke the following morning, the teen was nowhere to be found, family spokeswoman Michelle Bart told The Huffington Post.
The girl left home sometime between 2:55 a.m. and 6 a.m, according to Bart. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children considers her "an endangered runaway."
Still, local police don't suspect foul play.
Four months before she went missing, Roth had run away from home. She was gone two days, staying in a park with a half-brother. This time, however, her mother was more alarmed when her son told her he'd seen his sister talking to an older man in a video chat online.
The revelation caused Michelle Roth to look at her phone records and she was shocked to discover a number of calls suggesting her daughter had been talking to someone in Susanville, Calif. The records show multiple calls to a number there made between Oct. 28 and Dec. 4. Roughly 24 hours before Kyrsten went missing, someone in her household had a 100-minute conversation with someone at the California phone number.
The phone logs combined with her son's account led Michelle Roth to believe her daughter was lured away by a stranger. She called the local police department and authorities in Susanville.
"Kyrsten did not run away; she ran to someone," she said in a statement.
Authorities in California went to an address associated with the phone number that showed up on Roth's call history, but no one was home. Officers made contact with a man by calling the phone number, but he was allegedly not cooperative.
"They said they felt he was hiding something," Bart said. The officer who spoke with the man said he "felt very uneasy with the conversation," she added.
The Gresham Police Department considers Kyrsten Roth a runaway and does not suspect foul play, Sgt. Claudio Grandjean told The Huffington Post.
According to Grandjean, friends of Kyrsten Roth's spotted her in Gresham on Dec. 7. She allegedly told them she had run away and was staying with a guy named Andrew.
"She told the friends he was 17. The friends think he was probably about 20," Grandjean said. "She said she did not want to go home because her family is mean to her and she wanted to be with this guy."
A contact number Kyrsten Roth gave her friends matched the California number listed on her mother's phone bill. However, the number was recently disconnected, police said.
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Owners of a local cafe also reported seeing the 15-year-old the same day she allegedly spoke with her friends. They said she got into a white vehicle with an older man. No one has reported seeing the teen since then, Bart said.
"We don't know where she is. She could be [in California] ... but she was never seen there; she was only seen here in Oregon," Grandjean said.
In regard to the family's theory that Kyrsten Roth, who turned 15 in September, may have been lured from her home by a predator, Grandjean said, "They have an interesting spin on it."
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Michelle Bart said the family is angry that police "have still not investigated the case" and said they have expressed no interest in examining Kyrsten Roth's computer for possible evidence.
"She did not run away from home. She was lured away," Bart said. "Someone has been grooming her since October ... and traveled from California to pick her up."
Bart added: "Authorities say she is not in immediate danger, but she is 15 and even if she is on the streets of Portland, which ranks second in the country for gang violence and human trafficking, what do they mean she's not in danger?"
Kyrsten Roth is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 155 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is possibly wearing a black jacket with an Oregon Beavers patch on the front left side and an orange Beavers scarf. Anyone with information about Kyrsten Roth's whereabouts is asked to call Gresham police at 503-618-2318.