A 14-year-old girl who vanished outside Primark planned to run away with a secret boyfriend she met on Snapchat, her distraught mother has revealed.
Caitlin Wright disappeared from outside the popular fashion retailer at around 11.30am in Burton town centre on Sunday and remains missing today.
Her mother, Claire Keight, 37, from Derbyshire, said she was shopping with her daughter when she ‘took £30 out in cash and just went off’. She later heard about her secret boyfriend from friends.
Ms Keight said: ‘We’d played Twister on Saturday night and she was fine and were talking about going shopping on Sunday, she was really excited.
‘On Sunday morning we both got up early and she asked me to transfer her Christmas money of £37 into her account which I did.
‘When we went into town she took £30 out in cash and just went off. All we know is she took a train to Birmingham. Her friends told us she’d met a boy of around the same age on Snapchat and was going to run away with him.
‘She has £7 in her account and she’s in Birmingham. We have no idea where she is or who’s with. We don’t even know if she’s being held against her will. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks.’
Ms Keight, who is married to James, 29, and lives with her 13-year-old son Tyler, also criticised the police’s handling of the case.
‘Apparently the police said there was difficulty in getting the CCTV from Birmingham train station so we don’t know who she met,’ she said.
‘We are getting all these details drip fed from her friends or kids. I actually found out the name of the boy she was supposed to be meeting and called him.
‘He was just a kid and confirmed he knew where she was but wouldn’t say if he had met her.
‘Her friends said she was going to Birmingham to run away with this online boyfriend we knew nothing about.We’re all frantic and I’m just crying all the time.
‘Caitlin has never done anything like this before. She’s a good kid and we had a really lovely Christmas. I just want her home safe.’
Caitlin was last spotted by Primark in Coopers Square shopping centre at around 11.30am.
Derbyshire Police described the teenager as white, of medium build with long blonde hair, and today released new photos in a bid to find her.
When she was last seen, she was wearing a red, white and blue hoodie, black jogging bottoms, a black bandana as a head band and white trainers.
She also has a prominent black nose ring.
Police believe Caitlin may have travelled to Birmingham.
A police spokesman said today: ‘Teenager Caitlin Wright is still missing this morning and we are releasing new photos of her as part of our appeal to find her.’
Anyone who has seen Caitlin, or knows of her whereabouts, is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101, or through social media channels such as Twitter or Facebook.
Reference number 682 of Sunday, December 29, should be quoted.
An anonymous report can be made through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Joe Middleton and Jack Newman