Multistate investigation underway for missing 14-year-old girl who didn't arrive home 2 weeks ago
14-year-old Savannah Leigh Pruitt was last seen on Sunday, January 13, at her home in Madisonville. She was reported missing the following day.
Pruitt stands five feet and three inches tall, has blonde hair and blue eyes, and weighs approximately 110 pounds. A clothing description was not made available at the time.
Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have all joined forces to locate Pruitt.
Pruitt had two cell phones on her when she disappeared. They last pinged on January 14 in Kentucky, more than 130 miles from her home.
Authorities believe that she may have traveled to Corbin in Kentucky, but details are still vague at this stage. As reported by HLN:
"Detectives don't believe she ran away or was abducted. They are withholding some information to maintain the integrity of the investigation."
The lead investigator on the case, Sheriff Tommy Jones, asked for the public's assistance in finding Pruitt. Members can contact the Sheriff's Office on 423-442-3911 with information.
Her parents described her as "very loving and very bubbly." Her mother, who spoke of Pruitt in the past tense, added:
"As beautiful as she looks, that [sic] how her soul was. I miss her. I don't understand. None of us understand."
Tn law asking for help finding 14 yr old Savannah Pruitt . She lived in Lawrenceville for many years . She was last seen at her residence in Madisonville, TN If you have seen Savannah, please call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 423-442-3911 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. pic.twitter.com/dEYeFFbPL3— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) January 26, 2019
Later, at a press briefing, her father Randall described the disappearance of his child was "like having your soul ripped out of your body."
He added that he couldn't think, eat, sleep or rest, and that life "has just ceased" for the couple since Pruitt's disappearance.
The parents of missing teen Savannah Pruitt have a message for her: "Please come home." The 14-year-old has been missing from her home in Madisonville, TN for two weeks. @6news: https://t.co/EvRzwRKEI1 pic.twitter.com/SygKg8c9yI— HLN (@HLNTV) January 28, 2019
Randall explained that the teenager loved horses and her pet raccoon. She is fond of animals, in general, and the animals on their farm always made her smile.
"We're very heartbroken. [...] We love her dearly, and we want her home." Randall told WATE. He added: "I love you, and come home."
Pruitt's disappearance follows just weeks after Jayme Closs escaped her kidnapper. The 13-year-old teen went missing from Wisconsin three months ago.
She was held captive but managed to escape and was reunited with her family and her beloved dog.
Since Closs's return, her 21-year-old kidnapper, Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, was charged with two counts of murder and one kidnapping charge.