Abigail Bonner, a 17-year-old from Madison, Mississippi, has gone missing as of late night August 2 or early morning August 3. Police have begun searching without any results. Abigail and her family are members of First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson, Miss.
A Facebook page has been started to ask for help in finding Abigail and to inform people of the progress of the search for her. According to the Facebook page, the police have assigned two investigators to lead this search.
Update on Monday, August 5
The family of a missing Madison teenager has turned to social media to gather tips leading to her safe return while authorities are searching the teen’s social media accounts for possible clues to her whereabouts.
Abigail Grace Bonner, 17, was last seen at her family’s home Saturday morning, policesaid.
The family has disseminated fliers seeking tips on Abigail’s whereabouts, using a Facebook page, Looking for Abigail, to launch a PDF of the flier all over the country. The Facebook page detailing official updates on Abigail’s case has grown to more than 6,500 likes since being created Sunday afternoon by her uncle, Maurice Velasquez. On Sunday, Velasquez posted “because we have reached the 24-hour marker since she went missing, she is 17-year-old, it appears she may be a runaway or she went with someone (or got picked up).”
Update: August 6
Madison [Miss.] Police Department released a statement Monday afternoon explaining how new information led to the reclassification of Abigail Bonner, 17, from missing to a runaway.
The release states, “new information has reclassified the case from a missing person to a runaway report.” It goes on to say she “left home of her own free will and may be in the New York City area.”
Police said the family has now filled a runaway report and the Madison County Youth Court has issued a custody order for the teen.
People across the nation have been searching for Bonner since news of her disappearance this past weekend.