Douglas County seeking help to find missing girl


UPDATE: Michaela may have contacted the Sheriff's Office, but we continue to search for her until we see her face-to-face.


The Douglas County Sheriff's Office continues to seek information regarding the whereabouts of Michaela Scott. 

This 17-year-old teenager left her home in Gilbert, Arizona on Wednesday, January 16th after taking her parents car, a silver colored 2010 Scion bearing Arizona license plate AZA6431. 

This car was located Thursday, January 17th,  at approximately 4:30 p.m., parked on a rural road surrounded by farm fields at 1075 N. CR 1100 E., Tuscola, Illinois.  The key was discovered in the ignition and the motor was running.  Law Enforcement authorities have followed up on dozens of leads. 

At approximately 3:20 p.m. on Friday, January 18th, Douglas County Crimestoppers received a telephone call from a payphone.  The caller identified herself as Michaela Scott and that she was safe and had no intention of returning to Arizona. Authorities have no idea if the caller was actually Michaela Scott.  

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will continue to search for Michaela Scott until face-to-face contact is made with her.  Anyone having seen Michaela, or having information regarding her whereabouts, is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (217) 253-2913 or callers may contact the Sheriff's Office anonymously by calling Douglas County Crimestoppers at 1-800-280-8316.  Anyone providing information which results in finding Michaela may be eligible for a cash reward.

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