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Family still searching for missing Lebanon teen


Dozens hit the streets of Lebanon Wednesday, spreading word about a girl who went missing 12 days ago. Police claim 16-year-old Deshon Crawford is a runaway, but her mother doesn't believe that's true.

"I can't eat," said Deshon's mother, Melissa Crawford Holdeman. "I can't sleep. I just need to know she's okay. If anyone's seen her and knows she's okay, please let us know."

With the help of the Center for Search and Investigation, volunteers took flyers to busy parking lots and businesses in Lebanon, spreading word of Deshon.

Holdeman said the night of Aug. 30, the family found the bathroom window open, the front door unlocked and Deshon missing.

"She didn't take I.D," said Holdeman. "She didn't take a change of clothes. She didn't take her inhaler."

A note left behind by Deshon said she was going to the Don Fox Park and Jimmy Floyd Center in Lebanon, but she'd be back soon. 12 days later, Holdeman said she fears something is very wrong.

"This is not Deshon," said Holdeman. "She has never run away. It's just not her character. With her heart, and her character and her just being who she is, it doesn't make sense having this many people worrying about her."

Lebanon police said Deshon did speak with a friend last week. The friend said Deshon was doing fine and said to tell police, 'Good luck finding me.' Holdeman said she doesn't believe that friend.

"There's not an adult that's said they've seen her or heard from her," said Holdeman. "I have a hard time believing children. If Deshon sees this, she's not in any trouble, none at all. She needs to know I love her with all there is of me and every breath I have. Please just come home."

Lebanon police said an Amber Alert has not been issued as they believe Deshon is a runaway and is safe in the Lebanon area. If you have any information about Deshon, please contact police.

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