Search continues for missing Selma teen

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Residents in Selma are searching frantically for a teen who went missing last month.

Because the  search is becoming so large, Selma Police have asked for extra help from across the state.
It has been 15 days since 17 year old Tarasha Benjamin left home and never came back.
Family members say she went out with friends regularly and would typically call home often. When the teen never called, her family went to the police.
Officers say they followed up on numerous leads but are coming up dry.
Now, more than two weeks later, DallasCounty officials are bringing in reinforcements to help with the search.
"Well we've had specialized teams as far as Huntsville, Athens, Alabama, Shelby County, Montgomery, Wetumpka, that have brought specialized teams and search equipment, and personnel to assist with the search. We've had dogs, and we've had helicopters and we've also had a dive team come in," said Rhonda Abbott, Interim Director of the Dallas Co. EMA.
Authorities say they've searched the woods, the Alabama River and the area where they found an abandoned car she was last seen in.
As the community bands together flyers hang all over town as family members hope the girl they call "Pooh" returns to them unharmed.
The family has started a Facebook page complete withBenjamin's information and details about reward money.
Family members say people as far away as California are trying to help.
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