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UPDATE: Deputies in Kanawha County, West Virginia expand search for missing teen girl

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16-year-old Ericka Brown 16-year-old Ericka Brown

UPDATE:

The investigation into the disappearance of  Ericka Brown, 16,  who was reported missing on Sunday, August 14th has expanded. 

According to a news release issued by the deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, they have combed through phone records and surveillance video of the teen. Their investigation has led them to believe Brown may be in Athens or Columbus Ohio. She also may be in Wood County, West Virginia.

The 16-year-old girl was last seen leaving Kanawha County, West Virginia on August 14, 2014, according to the same news release. Anyone with information on Brown's whereabouts is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.

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ORIGINAL:

Shy, quiet, a sweet girl, all words that her family used to describe 16-year-old Ericka Brown.  

David Brown said Saturday was full of back to school shopping and hanging out with family and friends.  By Sunday, Ericka's mom walked in her home, and she was gone.  Ericka is your typical teenage girl.  She loves the Internet, and that's what's worrying her family.  

They believe she may be with an older man in his 30s or 40s, who she met online.  Brown said, "I think somebody's got her and I think it's against her will.  I wish they'd let her go."

Family said Ericka was recently released from Highland Hospital.  Their days, now, are spent worrying and searching.  "Staring out the window, calling, texting, checking everywhere," the self-proclaimed, broken-hearted father said.  

Detectives with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office are on the case, they're searching for her too.  So far, they have had some leads and Cpl. Brian Humphreys said they are following up on each one.  

In the meantime, David Brown has a message for his little girl.  He said,  "Ericka, if there's any way to get a hold of us or the police department, please come home.  Whoever's got her, drop her off at home or the police station, anywhere.  Just call us.  Let us know you're alright." 

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