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10/27/2014 05:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Christina Marie Morris Missing: Abduction Was Her 'Own Worst Nightmare'

A desperate search is on in Texas for a missing young woman who family members say has experienced the one thing she feared the most – abduction.

"What is happening to her right now has been her own worst nightmare since she has been little," Jonni Lee McElroy told The Huffington Post on Monday.

McElroy's daughter, Christina Marie Morris, 23, was last seen at a parking garage in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, after a night out with friends in Plano.

"She would never have gone into that parking garage by herself," McElroy said. "She never, ever would walk out to her car at night unless someone walked her out."

Morris was, in fact, captured on surveillance video, at about 3:55 a.m. on the morning of her disappearance, entering a parking garage with an acquaintance at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. What happened to the young woman after she entered the garage remains a mystery.

According to McElroy, the man captured on the video is 24-year-old Enrique Arochi, a high school classmate of her daughter.

"He's not someone she regularly hung out with," McElroy said of Arochi. "She had not seen him since high school."

Contacted by HuffPost on Monday, the Plano Police Department did not dispute Arochi was the person captured on video with Morris, but they also did not call him a suspect or person of interest in the case.

"I can tell you that nobody has been ruled out," Plano police spokesman David Tilley told HuffPost.

McElroy said Morris had been club hopping with friends in the hours leading up to her disappearance.

"She hadn't seen her friends in three months because she lives in Fort Worth now," said the young woman's mother.

According to McElroy, her daughter graduated high school a year early and in 2013, received a degree in business and marketing from the University of Texas, in Dallas. She moved to Fort Worth shortly after graduation, to work for Great Expectations, a dating website.

"She met her friends around 9 p.m. the night before she disappeared," McElroy said. "One of the girls is friends with Enrique and had invited him to come with them."

Morris, according to her mom, enjoyed the night out and planned to spend the night at one of her girlfriends' apartment, but decided to go home after a text message dispute with her boyfriend, who was back at her place in Fort Worth.

"She was upset and wanted to go, so Enrique volunteered to walk her to her car," McElroy said.

She added, "Her friends said she did not have much to drink. She suffers from severe migraines, so she's not a big drinker at all."

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Morris’ silver Toyota Celica was found in the parking garage four days later, presumably not moved since she had left it there.

The surveillance video that captured Morris and Arochi walking to the parking garage, where his vehicle was also parked, does not indicate either of them are intoxicated. They are not swaying and both appear to be coherent.

"They walked into the parking garage and, according to him, they split and went in opposite directions," Tilley said. "He said he went to one side of the garage where he was parked and she went to the other side of the garage, where her car was parked. A lot of people have said that is not the case – what he is saying is not correct – but we don't know. We don’t have any evidence to support either way."

Tilley said police have obtained additional surveillance videos from the area, but are not releasing them at this time.

"The video has been withheld, as far as from being released, in case this does turn into a criminal investigation," he said.

Plano police said detectives have questioned Arochi and he was initially cooperative, but it remains unclear if he is still talking to police.

"We initially were talking to him and all the people that were with Christina that evening," Tilley said. "They were all cooperative from the initial part of the investigation, but at this point in time, we're not commenting on what cooperation level they have extended to us."

Arochi did not return calls for comment from HuffPost Monday.

Morris’ family, as well as Texas EquuSearch, a missing person search and recovery group, have conducted multiple searches for Morris, but to date have found no sign of her.

"Christina is a beautiful girl," McElroy said. "I am afraid she may have been sold for prostitution. I believe she is still alive -- I feel that. I know I would feel it if she wasn’t."

A $25,000 reward is offered for information that leads to Morris' whereabouts.

"I beg anyone with information to think about it as if it is their daughter, mother or sister," McElroy said. "Have a conscious. Feel our pain. This is a nightmare we are living. It's not fair. We need her back -- she needs to be back with us. Someone out there knows something."

Morris is described as a white female, 5-foot-4 inches tall and approximately 100 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes.

Christina Morris' family has created the "Help Find Christina Morris" Facebook page to share information about her disappearance and ongoing community searches.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Plano Police Department at (972) 424-5678. Tips can also be submitted anonymously over the phone at 1-877-373-TIPS or online at ntcc.crimestoppersweb.com.

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