Family searches for missing Selma girl

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - "Her not being here leaves a void," says Rochelle Lewis.

It has been a rough three days for Lewis and her family.

She says no one has seen or heard from her niece--17 year old Tarasha Benjamin--since Saturday.

"We don't know what's going on with her and we can only imagine what she might be going through," adds Lewis.

Selma police say Benjamin went out with some friends and didn't come home or call.

"We can say that this is extremely unusual--out of her character.  From interviewing people, family and friends, from finding the vehicle, and we're really starting to get really worried," says Sgt. Tory Neely.

Police say Benjamin was last seen in a Silver SUV that belonged to a friend of hers. They located it on the side of the road...empty. Benjamin was nowhere to be found.

"We've searched the area...the night, the day that we located the vehicle.  We've been back out several other times checking the area," adds Neely.

For now, the family's holding out hope hundreds of flyers will help find the girl they call "Pooh."

"She smiles a lot. She laughs a lot. She likes to talk loud," says Lewis.

It's a friendly face that's greatly missed, and a family not giving up anytime soon.

"We're not going to stop until we find her. We're not going to stop looking for her, we're not going to stop searching. We're not going to stop passing flyers. In my heart I feel like she's coming home. I feel like we're going to be able to bring her home," says Lewis.

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