A 16-year-old girl from Christiansburg, Virginia, is missing and my be in danger of sexual exploitation, WWBT (Richmond) is reporting.
Aysia Monique Lewis was last seen Monday morning at Christiansburg High School at around 11:45 a.m. Police believe she left, voluntarily, with an Illinois man who drove to Virginia to meet her. They are believed to be heading to Florida.
Donald "Bruce" Quesenberry allegedly drove from Normal, Illinois, to pick up the now-missing teen. He was driving a 2002 Nissan Altima with Illinois plates V975074.
WVIR (Charlottesvile) describes the missing teen as "16 years of age, height 5'3, weight 155 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair. [She was last seen] wearing: blue jeans, black fleece jacket and tan moccasins."
Her alleged abductor, Donald Quesenberry, is described as 33-years-old, 5'7" 195 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair. If found, he faces one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
A search of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry website did not produce any results of any offenders named Quesenberry.
Aysia's parents, Brandon Lewis and Teneara Dial, issued a statement via the Christiansburg Police Department, urging the missing teen to come home.
"Aysia, we love you!! We are worried about you! We need to know that you are ok! Please come home. Call us, text us, Facebook us. Get in touch with us however you can. We will come get you no matter what, no matter where, whatever time, it doesn't matter. Unique and Eric miss you. Unique wants to know where you are and when you are coming home."They also issued a statement to her alleged abductor.
"Please drop Aysia off somewhere safe."It is unclear, as of this post, how Aysia and Donald first made contact with each other, or how they made arrangements to meet.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, between 2004 and 2008 (the last year for which data was available), complaints of online enticement of children increased 230 percent. One in 25 children aged 10–17 will receive an online sexual solicitation, when the offender tried to make offline contact.
Anyone with information about the missing Virginia teen or her alleged abductor is encouraged to call the Christiansburg Police Department at 540-382-3131 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VAchild).
[Images courtesy of: WWBT]