BARBOUR COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The guardian of a 16-year-old Barbour County girl is becoming increasingly concerned with her whereabouts. She and officials are beginning to believe she could be in danger.
Beth Beasley feels Ciarra Chaney was kidnapped from her family home in Midway on Monday. Others familiar with the case believe Chaney simply ran away.
"I am still shocked," said Beasley.
When Beasley came home from work on April 13, Ciarra Chaney was gone. Beasley admitted Chaney ran away a few weeks ago but was found safe and sound five hours later. Though Chaney may have run away again, this disappearance has a more unsettling feel to it.
"Please, please contact us. We just want her home," Beasley said through tears.
What happened at a McDonald's in Union Springs may provide a clue. Police retrieved surveillance video showing a man near the door. One man inside said the individual seemed interested in getting Beasley's address 20 miles away outside of Midway. The customer said he allowed the man to use his phone to Google the address.
"Which is very uncommon because nobody lives on this road but widows, women and us," said Beasley.
That man declined to tell his part of the story on camera to WSFA 12 News because in his words he feared "retribution" from the person seeking directions.
The teen's face is on the website of at least two law enforcement agencies including ALEA and there is a growing concern the child could be in danger, but so far there have been not hits, including a search warrant executed for a trucker's home in the southeast.
Beasley said Chaney has had a troubled start in life. Beasley became her legal guardian two years ago and life for Chaney was fine, but as a result of a bad home life in Texas, Chaney has great difficulty 'accepting love and rules,' according to Beasley.
Beasley says she suspects Ciarra may have used a "burned" phone to communicate on the internet. Also, Beasley says she does not blame that customer at McDonald's who allowed the man to use his phone to Google the address because she feels he was trying to help someone asking for directions.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This report has been updated to clarify Barbour County, not Bullock County.