Police Say Missing California Teen May Have Been 'Disoriented' When She Disappeared

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A California teenager has been missing for two weeks and her family says she was "paranoid" the night before she vanished.

Karlie Lain Gusé, 16, was last seen walking on Oct. 13 outside her Chalfant home at 7:30 a.m.

“She didn’t take her cell phone,” Karlie’s stepmother, Melissa Gusé, told People. “She didn’t take anything with her. We just want her home and we are not going to stop until she is home.”

Police said Karlie may have been “disoriented” around the time of her disappearance, but did not elaborate on what that meant.

Gusé also told People that Karlie admitted to smoking marijuana the night before her disappearance and when she picked the teen up from a friend’s house she was “paranoid” and “extremely high.”

When Gusé woke up the next morning around 7:15 a.m., she said Karlie was gone.

“The first thing we thought is, ‘She is just on a walk,'” she told People. “It is not unusual for her to go on a walk. But she didn’t take her cellphone so we kind of panicked. She always has her cellphone.”

Gusé and Karlie’s father drove around the neighborhood looking for the teen before they called police, the mother explained.

“My gut says she was taken at this point,” Gusé added.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office has used helicopters, scent dogs and off-road vehicles to search the area around where Karlie was last seen.

The teen is described as 5-foot-7 and 110 pounds with dark blond hair and blue eyes.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information about her disappearance.

Anyone with tips is urged to contact the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-7549, option 7.

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