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Tallassee father sick with worry over missing teen daughter

Kiara Neal has been missing for two weeks. (Source: Police handout) Kiara Neal has been missing for two weeks. (Source: Police handout)
Tallassee father sick with worry over missing daughter (Source: WTVM) Tallassee father sick with worry over missing daughter (Source: WTVM)
Police seek person of interest in the case of missing 14-year-old. (Source: Tallassee Police) Police seek person of interest in the case of missing 14-year-old. (Source: Tallassee Police)
Police seek person of interest in the case of missing 14-year-old. (Source: Tallassee Police) Police seek person of interest in the case of missing 14-year-old. (Source: Tallassee Police)
Police seek person of interest in the case of missing 14-year-old. (Source: Tallassee Police) Police seek person of interest in the case of missing 14-year-old. (Source: Tallassee Police)
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    Kiara Neal. (Source: Tallassee Police Department)Kiara Neal. (Source: Tallassee Police Department)

    The Tallassee, AL Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Kiara Nicole Neal.   Kiara Nicole Neal is a 14-year-old black female standing 5'4" tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. She was last seen leaving Tallassee High School on March 9. Video shows her voluntarily entering a Ford Expedition with Montgomery tags. 

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    The Tallassee, AL Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Kiara Nicole Neal.   Kiara Nicole Neal is a 14-year-old black female standing 5'4" tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. She was last seen leaving Tallassee High School on March 9. Video shows her voluntarily entering a Ford Expedition with Montgomery tags. 

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TALLASSEE, AL (WTVM) - An East Alabama family is frantic with worry as they work hand in hand with multiple law enforcement agencies to find their missing 14-year-old.

Dwight Neal is begging his daughter, 14-year-old Kiara Neal, to come home on Tuesday. He says it's been two weeks since he's spoken with his daughter.

"I just want to tell her we love her, we are praying for her, we need her to come home...Kiara is a special girl," said her father, Dwight Neal. "I haven't slept in days...it's pitiful. If you have a child, you can imagine what it is like not talking to your child in 10 days."
        
The day she was reported missing, Neal is seen on video leaving the school she attends, Tallassee High School, and getting into an SUV with 30-year-old Willie Thomas.

Thomas was located and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and another felony associated with the case.

"There was some concern about her safety with this individual. We were able to verify she was indeed dropped off by him and picked up at another location by an individual who took her to Walmart on Ann Street," said Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers.

Police are now trying to identify a person of interest who was last seen talking to the missing 14-year-old at Walmart on Ann Street in Montgomery on Wednesday, March 9. The unidentified person is believed to be driving an unknown make and model pickup truck while towing a trailer. 

Police are also investigating sightings in Montgomery, along Panama Street and unconfirmed sightings in Panama City, FL. The teen does not have a cell phone, but police believe she had a Facebook conversation with a friend on March 17.

Neal has run away before to meet older men she's met online, but she's never been gone this long, according to police. 

"I'm concerned, because I have children the same age and they go to school with Kiara, social media can be a great tool for law enforcement, but it can be a tool for people who have evil intentions," said Rodgers.

"Kiara, we love you, you are not in any trouble, sweetheart, we just want you to come home, so please call me. Please," begged her father.

If you have any information on where she is, you are asked to call 911. Neal is 14 years old, 5'4" and weights 230 pounds, with brown eyes and black, curly hair.

Chief Rodgers says we can't ignore the role social media has played in this case. Rogers says parents have to know what their kids and teens are doing on the internet, especially their interactions on social media. He says predators use it as a tool to find their victims.

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