Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 16-year-old Fort Worth girl who ran away from home Thursday and is believed to be in the company of a foreigner she met online.
Allyson Aguilar was last seen by her family about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2200 block of Prairie Avenue.
Investigators think the teen is likely in the company of Daniel Badie, a 20-year-old man from the Netherlands whom Allyson met on the Internet.
Major case Sgt. William Hix said investigators have confirmed that Badie flew in to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on the same day that Allyson ran away.
Hix said while Allyson is not believed to be in any immediate danger, “it’s critical we locate her immediately.”
Gloria Aguilar, the teen's mother, said her daughter met Badie online during the spring, possibly in March, when they struck up a friendship while playing the same online game.
Aguilar said she had reservations about her daughter's friendship with the older man and even confiscated a web cam that he sent her daughter in April as a birthday gift.
Aguilar said she never imagined her daughter would try to meet the man because he lived so far away.
On Thursday, Aguilar said her daughter called her at work, asking repeatedly if she was coming home for lunch. When the mother arrived home, her daughter was dressed completely and had her hair and makeup done.
“I should have caught it,” Aguilar said.
When Aguilar returned home from work late that afternoon, Allyson was gone. A note on the dining room table said she’d gone to Dallas to “find herself” but that she would return in nine days, in time for school’s start.
When she tried to search her daughter’s computer for hints of her whereabouts, Aguilar said, she couldn’t even access it.
“We have parental locks on her computer. We had time restriction controls and everything,” Aguilar said. “We tried to get on her computer and suddenly we had no parental rights on it. Someone had helped her get off those things we had on her computer.
“She’s not even allowed to put a password to lock her computer and it was locked.”
Aguilar said Badie’s mother contacted her by phone Tuesday, telling her that her son was supposed to be attending school in Singapore but that she hadn’t heard from him since Sunday.
Aguilar said she warned her daughters about online predators and to never give personal information about herself, send risque photos or meet up with someone.
“I constantly told her about the horror stories, that you don’t know who these people are, the risks involved,” Aguilar said. “We’ve gone over it a million times. I don’t understand why she would still do this.”