Crime & Courts

Authorities, family search for Salisbury teen who ran away

Lillie Samantha Tucker was last seen Friday.
Lillie Samantha Tucker was last seen Friday. HELP FIND LILLIE FACEBOOK PAGE

A Rowan County couple, as well as many of their friends, spent the weekend searching for their 15-year-old daughter, who they believe ran away to meet someone she’d met on the Internet.

Authorities as well as the family are searching for Lillie Samantha Tucker, a 5-foot-3, 130-pound Salisbury teenager who was last seen in navy sweatpants and a black T-shirt on Friday night.

Her mom, Beth Tucker, said she and her husband woke up Saturday morning with plans to go with Lillie to a counseling appointment. Instead, they found that she had left sometime during the night.

Now the couple is trying to piece together where she might have been heading. Beth Tucker said Lillie’s best friend told them that she had planned to go to Tennessee.

On Sunday evening, Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said authorities are investigating the case.

“Lillie did leave a note to the family saying she was sorry for having to leave,” said Sifford, adding that the teenager has been entered into the National Crime Information Center. “The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office did receive several pieces of electronics that are being analyzed to see if they may yield any information as to the location of Lillie.”

Beth Tucker said the couple has had issues with Lillie meeting people on the Internet before and had even confiscated her electronics in an effort to stop such communications. Lillie, who is being home-schooled, is in the ninth grade.

On Friday, while in class at her weekly home-school community meeting, Lillie asked Karyn Wallace, director of the home-school community, Classical Conversations of Lake Norman, if she could have access to the Wi-Fi password.

Anyone with information on Lillie’s disappearance should call the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8550.