The search for Brooke Lee Bridges has turned up no clues, and now the FBI is turning to the public for help in locating the 16-year-old that family members fear may have been kidnapped.
The Alabama teenager has been missing since early last week, disappearing from her home on the evening of Sunday, February 7, or the early morning hours of Monday, February 8. During the days that followed, search crews have combed over neighborhoods and nearby woods, but there is not yet any sign of Brooke Lee Bridges.
“The investigation is moving forward, but we’re still at the brick wall we was at, at day one,” Brewton, AL Police Chief, Monte McGougin said (via WTOC).
McGougin called on the public to help with any insight they may have on the teen’s disappearance. Many neighbors and area volunteers are already involved, but police are looking to extend the search to anyone in the area who may have information about her disappearance.
Little is known about how or exactly when Brooke Lee Bridges disappeared. Family members said they awoke on Monday to find that the door was open and Brooke was gone.
“The family wakes up, 4:30 in the morning for the father to go to work, front door is open. Of course, him and the mother start looking for the child,” McGougin explained.
Police said there is a possibility that Brooke ran away from home, but aren’t making any assumptions yet. The evidence hasn’t supported any theory of her disappearance either — police said that a canine unit hasn’t found any trace of the girl.
“Usually in law enforcement we’ve picked up something by now that can put us to run away or put us to abduction and we’re just not getting that. We’re not getting anything bad. We’re not getting anything good. We’re just sort of here,” McGougin said.
Family members have their fears that Brooke Lee Bridges may have been abducted.
“I think she must have opened the door to someone and they snatched her,” Bridges’ mother, Lisa, told The Brewton Standard.
Lisa also fought back against assertions that her daughter could have run away on her own.
“Would Brooke have run away? Absolutely not,” Lisa Bridges told The Brewton Standard. “That would be absurd. Any behavior like this is so out of character for her.”
The hunt for Brooke Lee Bridges comes a little more than a week after a search for a missing teen that ended up in tragedy. In Virginia, 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was found dead a few days after she went missing. Police later determined that the teen left her home and may have met a college student she had met online.
Just before her body was found, police arrested 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, a student at Virginia Tech, and charged him charged with first-degree murder, police announced. Police said Eisenhauer used his relationship with Lovell to abduct and kill her.
“Based on the evidence collected to date, investigators have determined that Eisenhauer and Nicole were acquainted prior to her disappearance,” police said in a statement. “Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her. Keepers helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole’s body.”
Police have not offered an update on the search for Brooke Lee Bridges since Friday, but have said that the hunt for the girl continues. Anyone with information that can help the investigation is asked to call the Brewton Police at 251-867-3214.
[Image via Brewton Police Department]