The search is on for a 14-year-old girl who vanished from her Tennessee home more than two weeks ago.
Savannah Pruitt was last seen at her home in Madisonville about 11 p.m. Jan. 13, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The teen was believed to have had two cellphones on her at the time of her disappearance. They last pinged about 140 miles away, near Corbin, Kentucky, authorities said. But the phones were no longer on by Jan. 14, the day after Pruitt was last seen.
Though officials said they did not believe the teen was in danger, her parents stressed they could think of no reason why Pruitt, the oldest of four children, would run away.
“She’s never misbehaved or been a bad kid, ever,” her father, Randall Pruitt, told WVLT-TV. “This is way out in left field for her.”
Savannah and her family moved back to Madisonville from Lawrenceville, Georgia, in late December. An avid animal lover, Savannah could often be found with her pet raccoon, horses and other creatures on the family farm. It’s only when discussing their daughter’s passions for animals and the memories associated with better times that the Pruitts managed to smile as they spoke.
“It’s like having your soul ripped out of your body,” Randall said at a press conference Friday. “You can’t think, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t rest – life has just ceased for us since she left.”
On Saturday, the FBI appealed to the public to contact authorities if they spotted Savannah. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also took to social media to spread the word on Savannah’s disappearance.
Officials on Monday confirmed the FBI had joined the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the search for Savannah.
“At this point in time, we truly need the eyes and ears of the community," a detective told WATE-TV.
Pruitt is 5-foot-3 and weighs 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 1-423-442-3911, or the TBI at 1-800-824-3463.