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Essex family waiting by the phone and staring at the door

Posted at 11:20 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 12:21:13-04

16-year-old Brooklyn Hays was last seen Sunday leaving her home on the 1500-blk  of Galena Rd and hasn't been seen since.

All her parents Trish and Fred Hays want is to hug her and tell her everything's okay.

 “If you’re with somebody Brooke and you can get to the phone or something please call us,” Trish said. “If somebody has her please give her back to us.”

The family had just gotten back from a camping trip.

Brooklyn thought she was in trouble with her parents, so she left the house around 8:30 at night.

 “We don’t believe she’s with a trusted friend anymore,” her cousin Korinne Gurnsey said. “We believe she’s in danger. We’ve been in contact with a lot of her friends and we don’t know where she is.”

Her cousin describes her as a small girl with a soft voice.

She's nervous that someone Brooklyn met online may be involved.

“This is 2018 and there is social media and Brooke has contacted a lot of people via social media,” Gurnsey said. “A lot of her friends don’t know and a lot of her family we don’t know. It’s very dangerous you don’t know who’s out there.”

She left her cell phone at home, she doesn't have her asthma medicine or any money.

“We have family friends out now canvassing the neighborhood getting the word out seeing if anybody may have had porch cams that may have seen her running by around the time she left Sunday.”

Police have listed her as an endangered missing child.

Mom and dad are doing everything they can to get her home.

“You can’t breathe, you can’t sleep, you can’t think. It’s horrible, it’s terrible I don’t want to see anybody go through this,” Trish said. “It’s like your frozen. If somebody has seen her please you can be anonymous just dial 911.”

Brooklyn was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark colored sweatpants and flip flops.