America Is Forgetting All About Vanished Teen

Karlie Guse wandered off into the unknown
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2019 6:30 PM CDT
Updated May 23, 2019 2:00 AM CDT

A Wisconsin teen's violent kidnapping last year drew media attention and a nation-wide sigh of relief when she turned up safe. But California teen Karlie Guse, who vanished around the same time, may be nearly forgotten. "It has been seven months," her mother Lindsay Fairley tells Fox News. "At 9.35am on Saturday, October 13, I was notified by her father—my ex-husband—that she was gone. Gone to me is a huge red flag and it has never sat easily with me." The night before, Karlie smoked up with her boyfriend and others and began acting strangely near their home along the Nevada border. Stepmother Melissa Guse picked up the scared, paranoid 16-year-old, and later recorded her incoherent rambles at home, apparently to show her how she sounded high. But the next morning, Karlie was gone.

Witnesses say they saw her behaving oddly that day and walking off toward California 6, which weaves from California all the way to Massachusetts. Yet official and unofficial searches have found no hard evidence, and while a March Dr. Phil appearance by Melissa and Karlie's father, Zac, triggered nearly 70 calls to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, MyNews4 reported that none were credible. Fairley has stirred controversy by questioning Melissa and Zac's version of events, but the sheriff's office dismissed those as "hurtful comments," per the Las Vegas Review-Journal. And while the Facebook group "Bring Karlie Home!" has over 12,000 members, Karlie isn't home. Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff's department at 760-932-7549, option 7. (See how an accused Closs kidnapper explained his actions.)

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