TIMPSON, TX (KTRE) - An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 14-year-old girl who lives in Timpson, near Nacogdoches.
Andrea Love Fox was last seen about 1 o'clock Tuesday morning in League City, which is in Galveston County, near Houston. She is described as a 14 year old white female, 5', 170 lbs, brown hair and eyes.
Relatives say she had been staying at her grandmother's house in League City when she left with a 21 year old man named James Dean Martin. Searchers say she left a note saying she would be back in time for school next week. Family members say Martin is friends with the girl's older brother. It is not known what the relationship is with Andrea.
Martin is believed to have left Timpson to return to Fort Carson Base in Colorado Springs, Co. Searchers say he called his mother at 11:30 Monday night and said he was in the Houston area.
Motorists might see Amber Alert signs along the highways in Texas and possibly other states alerting you of the missing child.
Martin is 5'11", 150 lbs., blue eyes, blond hair, investigators are not sure what type of clothing he was wearing. He might be driving a new blue Chevy Aveo, possibly with buyers tags. He is in the Army stationed at Fort Carlson.
If you have any information on this child or suspect, you are urged to call League City Police Department (281-332-2566 or 281-338-4183), or Shelby County Sheriff's Office (936 598-5601), 9-1-1, or contact your local police department or Crime Stoppers.
A prayer vigil will be held Friday night in the gazebo on the square in Timpson.
"We just need to get her home," said Shay Schoening, Andrea's mother.
The 14-year-old sent daily text messages to her parents with news of swimming and fun at her grandparents.
Each text signed with "daddy's girl."
"I had texts messages up until 10:14 the night she left," Schoening said.
On Tuesday morning Shay was discovered missing.
Parents and authorities believe 21-year-old James Dean Martin is influencing the gullible special-needs teen.
"This man is wanted for questioning because he was the last person to talk to my daughter for numerous minutes, numerous text messages before she came up missing," said Dion Schoening, Andrea's father.
Phones have been traced from Houston to San Antonio to the panhandle. Meanwhile, Andrea's texts have come to an abrupt halt.
"It's going straight to voice mail," her mother said. "We've exhausted that one. Been no incoming calls. Been nothing."
All alerts dealing with Andrea's disappearance call her an "endangered runaway." The only thing standing in the way of calling it a kidnapping is that she wrote a note.
It reads, "I went to New York with my friend. I will be back soon. I love ya'll. I wll be back soon for school. Love ya, don't look for me," with a heart.
It took close to 48 hours before authorities were convinced to issue an Amber Alert. Investigative time the parents just can't get back.
Martin, a sniper for the U.S. Army, is required to report to Fort Carlson, Colo. tomorrow. He may be in a new blue Chevy Aveo with buyer tags.
His mom, Kathye Fleming says she got a cell call from her son yesterday as he was passing through the Amarillo area.
"The more he don't answer that phone, the more it looks bad for him," Fleming said.
Waiting is so hard.