Investigators shift focus in search for missing 16-year-old

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 6:32 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 16, 2016 at 5:48 PM CDT
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BREWTON, AL (WSFA) - One week after Brooke Lee Bridges was reported missing, investigators have shifted their focus in the search for missing the 16-year-old.

The physical search isn't over, but investigators are now focusing more of their efforts on social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

The FBI and Brewton police held a news conference Monday afternoon to give updates on the investigation.

"We'll start working the computer side of things like Facebook and really digging to see what's going on there. It is tedious work and takes a lot of time," said Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin.

Brooke Bridges' father spoke at the news conference and begged his daughter to come home.

"Your whole family needs you. Please come home," Jimmy Bridges said.

Brooke Bridges was reported missing from her home in the Alco area of Brewton early on Feb. 8.

The FBI and other authorities took over a building on the Jefferson Davis College campus last week and used it as a command post. Authorities have since vacated the building.

For much of last week search crews, including eight teams of rescue dogs, covered a five-mile radius around Brewton, including a nearby pond. But there was no sign of the missing teen.

The FBI has also spent money on digital billboards in south Alabama and throughout the southeast with Brooke Bridges' photo and a FBI number.

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