Missing Teen's Last Message Was 'Help'

Illinois woman vanished almost a week ago
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2016 8:55 AM CST
Missing Teen's Last Message Was 'Help'
Police released this photo of the missing 18-year-old.   (Herrin Police Department)

A southern Illinois teenager has been missing since Monday and authorities are extremely worried by the last text message she sent to her family: "Help." The Monday evening message was the last time anybody heard from Delia Ann Stacey, 18, who left her home on foot that morning around 11, saying she was going to meet a friend, CBS News reports. Police say further efforts to contact the teen or locate the phone have been unsuccessful, and she has been added to the National Crime Information Center Database as a missing person, the Southern reports.

In a Facebook post, the Herrin Police Department describes Stacey as a 5-foot-6 white female, about 130 pounds with auburn hair and brown eyes, who was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. Authorities have not said whether they suspect foul play in the teen's disappearance, notes the Huffington Post. The Tico Times, meanwhile, mentions the disappearance in the context of the record-breaking rain and subsequent flooding that recently deluged the region. (More Illinois stories.)

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