Brooklyn Smith disappeared after getting into a dark car in the early morning hours on Wednesday, prompting an Amber Alert and a growing search for the missing 12-year-old girl.
The Hall County, Georgia, girl was last seen by her mother getting into car just before 2:30 a.m., and police are now worried that the girl may be at risk, WXIA reported. An Amber Alert was issued for residents in the area as police shared details of her disappearance.
Brooklyn Smith is described as 5-foot-2 inches tall and close to 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans when she went missing.
As the report noted, police believe that Brooklyn Smith may be with 31-year-old Steven Spires, a white male who stands 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighs 142 pounds. Authorities said Spires has blue eyes and short brown hair.
Police did not specify the relationship between Smith and Spires and did not say whether the two knew each other before Brooklyn went missing.
Though investigators did not mention any specific threat against Brooklyn, they noted that she may be in danger.
“Investigators consider Brooklyn to be in extreme danger and believe she may still be in the metro Atlanta area,” Fox 5 reported.
Brooklyn’s mother also echoed the sentiment, saying she feared for her lost daughter’s safety.
Word of Brooklyn Smith’s disappearance spread quickly online, with a number of Atlanta-area news outlets publishing information about the search and a description of both Smith and the person police believe she may be with when she went missing.
A number of local residents also shared Brooklyn’s picture and information on Twitter in the hopes that someone may have seen her.
The disappearance of Brooklyn Smith comes amid another missing person case making headlines across the nation. In Indiana, 19-year-old Aleah Beckerle disappeared from her bedroom close to two weeks ago, prompting a frantic search for the young woman with high needs.
Beckerle suffered a stroke as an infant, one that left her unable to walk on her own and in need of round-the-clock care and medication. Authorities in Indiana have failed to make progress in her search, prompting her mother to issue an angry message to the likely abductor.
“How dare you take her out of her home. Why would you do this? Why would you take a child that depends on me? Why would you want to hurt me, my child and my family? I’m begging for you to return her,” Cara Beckerle told the Huffington Post.
There are still some questions about Aleah’s disappearance, including how someone was able to take the young woman from her home while her family was still in the home. Authorities did say the home’s doors were left unlocked.
“Present in the home the night of her abduction was her mother and two teenage sisters,” Evansville police detective Brent Melton told the Huffington Post. “They’re reporting that during the night someone came into the home and abducted her and that’s where we’re at.”
Aleah’s mother said the abductor likely carried the small-framed girl out of the home. Authorities said they are searching desperately for clues about where the young girl might be and whether she is safe.
“We’ve been doing numerous interviews of numerous people and we’re not ruling anyone out,” Melton said. “The FBI is assisting and The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children is also here assisting. We’re following all leads.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brooklyn Smith is asked to call the Hall County Sheriff’s Office at 770-531-6879 or Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812 or 911.
[Image via Hall County Sheriff’s Office]