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Mother of missing Tempe teen makes emotional plea for her safe return

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TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

It has been more than a week since a 19-year-old Tempe woman went missing the day before Father's Day.

As each moment passes, Adrienne Salinas' family is growing more concerned.

"I want to tell her if she's watching, mijita, sweetie pie, hang on please," said her mother, Suzanne Coss, through her tears. "Hang on, we're coming to get you. Mama is – we're going to find you."

Coss hasn't heard from her daughter in 10 agonizing days.

"I miss her," Coss sobbed. "I miss her voice. I miss her. I miss her."

Salinas disappeared in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 15.

Tempe police said around 3:30 a.m., Salinas left her apartment near Hardy and Brown – where a party was underway – to visit her boyfriend in Scottsdale.

Around 3:45 a.m. police said someone saw Salinas' car slam into the median, near Rio Salado and Ash, and then drive off with two flat tires.

She drove for less than a mile to Brown and Roosevelt, where she left her disabled car.

From there, police said Salinas walked about a quarter mile back to her apartment.

They believe she changed her clothes, leaving behind her keys and wallet, before taking off again.

Cell phone records show that shortly after 5 a.m., Salinas called a cab company and asked them to meet her at the AM/PM on the corner of Hardy and University – less than a ¼ mile from her apartment.

Police said her cell phone either died or was turned off shortly after the call was placed.

The driver told police Salinas never showed up.

Tempe police told CBS 5 News they've seen the cabbie on the gas station's surveillance video – but, there's no sign of Salinas.

They interviewed him and searched his home.

Police said, at this time, the cab driver is not a suspect.

Last week, a sweep of Tempe Town Lake turned up nothing.

Coss said she's praying that means her daughter is still alive and that whoever has Salinas will let her go.

"They can still help her," said Coss. "Bring her to a church. Bring her to a hospital. There will be no questions asked. I just need my daughter back. I just need for my daughter to come back."

A $6,000 reward is being offered for Salinas' safe return.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call Tempe Police at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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