LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Police Department is seeking aid in finding a 13-year-old missing girl, Ayanna Austin.
According to Corporal Kevin Jackson of the Criminal Investigation Division, family members said Ayanna went to the front of the 1200 block of E. Denman around 7:30 Thursday morning to wait for her ride to Lufkin Middle School.
Authorities spoke with a friend, who says Ayanna fell twice into a flooded ditch while walking to school. When she saw how wet Ayanna was, she suggested that she go back and change clothes. This was the last time anyone saw Ayanna.
Fifteen minutes later, Ayanna's mother, Somah Peabody received a call from the friend's mother.
"The mother called and wanted to know if Ayanna was still going to school because they were waiting for her downstairs," Peabody said. "I told them she already left."
The family immediately contacted the school as well as law enforcement, hoping to find Ayanna. Over the past two days, LPD as well as the family have been searching for here everywhere, putting up poster of her picture around town and questioning any possible witnesses.
The family said they had no reason to believe Ayanna ran away and think that someone knows where she is.
"Someone saw what happened, someone knows what happened," said Antonio Austin, Ayanna's cousin. "I don't know who it is, but I know someone knows. It happened in a brief second and it happened fast, but it did happen visually."
She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, black pants, and black sandals. Ayanna is 5-foot-5, weighs 280 pounds, and is a light skinned black female.
If you have any information on Austin's whereabouts, please contact the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356. You are also urged to call Ayanna's family at either of the following numbers: (936) 632-2435, (936) 637-0123, or (936) 899-5163.
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