CRENSHAW CO., AL (WSFA) - A woman's plea for help in the search for her missing daughter continues to get international attention on social media. She is also addressing several rumors regarding her daughter's disappearance and the possibility that she is the victim of human trafficking.
Vickie Metcalf's post on Facebook on Oct 21 has gone viral, with 17,000 likes, more than 460,000 shares, and almost 36,000 comments.
Her daughter, Myra Alissia Freeman, has been missing for nearly a year.
The teen, who goes by "Alissia," vanished from her house in Highland Home back in December 2015.
It was suspected that she left with someone she met on social media.
Metcalf expressed her concern that Alissia's disappearance isn't being taken seriously by some due to misinformation.
"There is a rumor going around that she is just hiding with her boyfriend, however, the investigators on her case do not believe there is any truth to that rumor. So, please understand that not all rumors are true and I believe our local investigators are doing everything they can," Metcalf said in the post.
She also indicated that there have been numerous calls to law enforcement, suggesting Alissia is being trafficked.
"It is possible she was spotted in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Nashville, Tennessee. This is a very serious situation and she needs your help," her mother said in the post.
Metcalf urges social media users to share a flyer containing pictures of Alissia and information about her in an effort to help find the vibrant, beautiful young woman and thanked everyone for their support.
The post resonated with many online and those who commented suggested that they were sharing the flyer in their respective cities and countries.
"No one deserves to be forced into doing things they don't want to do and I know it's hard to think about all of the horrible things that go on in this world but if we just ignore it, how are we helping," Metcalf added. "A friend, or friend of a friend, could be the one that sees her and her flyer and calls in (and not just her but others like her too). Please help us bring her home!"
The investigation into her disappearance continues by local, state and federal agencies. Authorities have released very little information in the case.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. With local donations included, the reward is up to $13,500.
The Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 334-335-6568.
Alissia's mother wrote in another posted that there have been "a lot of possible sightings" of the 18-year-old, but none have been confirmed.