Brewton teen reunited with family after 53 days goes missing again

Brewton teen reunited with family after 53 days goes missing again
Brooke Bridges (Source: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)
Brooke Bridges (Source: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency)
(Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
(Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

BREWTON, AL (WSFA) - A teenager from South Alabama has been reported missing for the second time this year.

Brooke Bridges, 17, is listed as a runaway on an alert bulletin on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's website. She is the same teenager who vanished for more than a month earlier this year and was reunited with her family after being located in Georgia.

ALEA indicates that on August 27, Bridges left her residence in Brewton and did not return. Her direction of travel is unknown at this time, the bulletin states.

Bridges was last seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt. She has brown eyes and green hair and is 5'2, 100 lbs.

Bridges made headlines and sparked a massive search effort when her family found their front door open and the teen missing one morning in February.  Authorities and her family remain tight-lipped on what happened during the span of time the teen was gone.

In an exclusive interview after their ordeal, Brooke's mother, Lisa, talked about how her daughter disappeared with someone she met on Facebook, the only form of social media she was allowed to have.

"This boy lied, and that's how she got taken from my home," she said.

Brooke, who is home schooled, was new to the area and trying to make friends. The person she was talking to said he was from Brewton and attended T.R. Miller High School in town.

Lisa Bridges, who has total control of the family cell phone plan and checks her kids' phones regularly whenever she wants, admitted the predator who targeted Brooke "slipped by."

"I agreed to allow her to add him as a friend on Facebook. He had pictures from the football games. But he was not from T.R. Miller or Brewton. He was not the age he said he was," Lisa Bridges said. "I've always had control, but somehow I missed it."

Brooke was gone for 53 days before she was able to reach out for help. She was located near Atlanta. Her mother declined to discuss specifics about the case. Calls to the Brewton police chief and FBI were not returned.

"She was able to get contact back with us through Facebook. She's going through night terrors. Things happened to her that should not have happened to anybody," Lisa Bridges said."Watch what your children are doing."

No other details were given regarding the most recent missing person case involving the teen. ALEA's bulletin was issued Tuesday (8/30).

Anyone has any information regarding Brooke Bridges' whereabouts is asked to contact the Brewton Police Department at (251) 867-3212.

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