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Missing Spotsylvania woman's fiancé: 'I don't know what to think'

Published: Dec. 8, 2015 at 11:28 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2015 at 1:09 AM EST
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SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - The fiancé of a missing 19-year-old is speaking out with an urgent plea to help find her loved one. It comes as investigators work to gather new information into Katelin Akens' disappearance.

"She flew out there on the first and she was supposed to come back here on the fifth," Amber Rios said from her home in Arizona. She and Katelin moved there last year. She says her fiancé, who she knew since they were young children, was excited to travel back to Virginia for a few days.

"Her sister just had a baby, so she was going out there to meet her nephew," Rios said.

Saturday, investigators said her stepfather d ropped her off to catch a metro outside of a Northern Virginia mall which was supposed to take her to the airport. She never boarded her flight, despite a text message sent to her family saying she made it to the airport.

Deputies are now reviewing surveillance video from outside the mall to find clues.

"I couldn't imagine having a daughter and all of a sudden [wondering], 'Where has she gone?'" said Cincy Emch, who works along River road in Spotsylvania.

That's where investigators found Akens luggage inside a drainage ditch near the Fredricksburg line. The 19-year-old's clothes and cell phone were missing, but her bank card was still inside.

"Surprising right in this area where we're located. It's a pretty quiet area," Emch added.

Rios is asking folks to be on the lookout for her loved one. "Keep a look out for the tattoo on her arm because that could be the best way to identify her, silhouetted butterflies with blue around it," she described.

Akens also has a tattoo of stars on her foot.

Katelin's loved ones say she may be wearing a dark gray fleece pullover sweater with a Bass Pro Shop emblem on it, as well as pink and grey Vans brand shoes.

Deputies have subpoenaed records from Aken's cell provider to determine where the text was sent from saying she made it to the airport. The 19-year-old's family is planning a search for her on Saturday.

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