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FDLE Issues Missing Child Alert for Southport Teen

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The search continues for a missing Southport teenager. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Missing Child Alert to help locate the 14 year-old Emily Paul.

Paul was last seen Saturday morning around 6:30. Investigators believe that she was picked up by a vehicle. Since then, there has been no communication from the teenager, something Paul's mother, Pam Massimiani, says is not normal.

"It is definitely unusual for Emily to be out of touch. She is a texter. Her phone is, like most other teenagers' phones, it's an appendage. When we call the phone, it goes straight to voice mail," says Massimiani.

Investigators with the Bay County Sheriff's Office say they have followed some leads in South Florida and even Wisconsin. This case, however, is not following a normal runaway situation.

"At this point, she's not fitting the typical runaway scenario that we normally see especially with teenagers. After a few days, at some point you start to get some communication to somebody from them. Now, it is very possible that she is communicating with someone that we don't know, and that is something that we're still working on," says Investigator Albert Willis.

Additionally, new information has law enforcement concerned Paul may be in harm's way.

"We've received some more information that concerned us about her possibly causing harm to herself or possibly being harmed by others," says Willis. "That was the reason for the increased alert, as well as, the time frame we're now looking at."

Paul's mother says she and her daughter have a good relationship and can't understand why her fourteen year-old would runaway.

"We will come get her. I don't care where she's at, who she's with, what she's done, or what she is doing. We love her and we want her home. All of her family does," says Massimiani.  

If you have any in formation you can call the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.