Missing teenage girl may still be in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Authorities are asking for help finding a 17-year-old girl who has been missing for about two and a half months.

Katelyn La Rue was last seen in San Diego on April 21. Authorities say she may still be in the local area.

“I miss her so much," her mother Crystal Vargas said. “It’s like a piece of my heart is gone."

Vargas said the only trace of her daughter is a note she left behind.

“It says, 'hey mom, you’re probably thinking where am I right now, well to put you at ease I’m safe. I love you a lot and yes even though I am your daughter and you might hate me after this, or just get worried just know I’m fine. I love you a lot and I’ll be back home soon. I’ll keep in contact with you to let you know I’m safe. XOXO love Katelyn,'” Vargas read.

Katelyn's family said they have not heard a word from her since she left and that is out of her character.

“It was like my best friend. We were always together and I never would have seen this coming,” Vargas said.

Vargas said her daughter is a good kid who has always been serious about school and was working to become a nurse in the military. She showed FOX 5 an award she got this year for her grades and leadership. Her mother said Katelyn also worked hard as a tutor at a nearby church.

“Somebody had to of said something to her, or promise her something,” Vargas said.

Vargas said Katelyn did not have a cell phone but had a school laptop for online classes.

“I just have a really bad feeling. It just doesn’t feel like something she would do,” Vargas said.

Katelyn's family, including her two little sisters, want her home safe and said they want her to know they are not mad at her.

“Just call me and let me know you’re safe. Please. I just need to hear your voice,” Vargas said.

Katelyn is 5 feet 4 inches tall with light brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 or the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000.

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