The girl told her father on March 20 that she was going for a walk and disappeared.
As the search for a missing 12-year-old Arizona girl entered its second week, the baby’s mother said, “I’m scared to death.”
According to the Graham County Sheriff’s Office, Betty Taylor was reported missing by her family eight days ago when she said her father was going for a walk and had not returned to her home in Safford, Arizona.
Over the weekend, community volunteers scoured the town of Graham County, passing out missing person flyers to raise awareness of the child’s disappearance.
Police also used helicopters, search dogs and drones to search for the girl, and officers on horseback and in all-terrain vehicles patrolled the desert around the small town at the foot of the Pinaleno Mountains in southeastern Arizona, about 130 miles from Tucson. .
“I’m scared to death for what he’s going through. I don’t know if he’s there by himself. I don’t know if he has a safe place to stay. I don’t know if he’s eating.” The girl’s angry mother, Bonnie Jones, told ABC-approved station KNXV in Phoenix.
A statement from the Graham County Sheriff’s Office said Betty was last seen March 20 when she told her father, Justin Taylor, that she had left her home at about 11 a.m. to visit. The statement said that when she could not return home by 6 pm that day, the family started searching for her before reporting her disappearance at 8 pm.
The girl is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and has 135-pound hazel eyes and shoulder-length brown hair with red highlights. He left home wearing a black sweatshirt with white letters on the front, a neon colored baseball cap, blue jeans and turquoise and pink van tennis shoes.
He also carried a purple public sport backpack, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s officials said anyone with information about the girl’s whereabouts should call 911 immediately or contact investigators at (929) 428-3141.