The parents of a missing 14-year-old girl who disappeared two weeks ago have urged their daughter to come home as multiple states join Tennessee authorities in their search.
Savannah Leigh Pruitt was last seen at her Madisonville home on January 13 at around 11pm.
She is said to have two mobile phones with her which last pinged the morning after her disappearance near a welcome center in Corbin, Kentucky, around 130 miles from her family’s house.
Savannah Leigh Pruitt (pictured), described as 5ft 3in with blonde hair and blue eyes, was last seen at her Madisonville home on January 13 at around 11pm
‘Life has just ceased for us since the day she left,’ her father, Randall Pruitt (pictured with his wife Christina), said during a press conference
Detective Jason Fillyaw with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee said on Friday that the youngster’s phones are no longer turned on, and she has not posted on social media since before she went missing.
‘Life has just ceased for us since the day she left,’ her father, Randall Pruitt, said during a press conference.
‘It’s like having your soul ripped out of your body. You can’t think, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t rest.’
The heartbroken father (pictured with his daughter) added: ‘It’s like having your soul ripped out of your body. You can’t think, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t rest.’
He added: ‘She has never misbehaved or been a bad kid ever. This is way out in left field for her. Please come home, we do miss you terribly.’
The teenager’s distraught mother Christina Pruitt begged her daughter to return home and added: ‘She was my sunshine, and now my sunshine is gone. Please help us find our baby, please.
‘We’re very heartbroken. I miss her. I don’t understand…none of us understand.’
She also added that Savannah’s three siblings ‘very heartbroken. They miss her. They don’t understand. ‘Course none of us understand.’
Authorities in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia are now all involved in the investigation, with the Atlanta bureau of the FBI confirming it was also assisting with the case.
Detective Jason Fillyaw said Savannah has two phones with her, which last ‘pinged’ the morning of January 14 near a welcome center in the Corbin, Kentucky area
This is because the Pruitt family lived in Lawrenceville, Georgia, before relocating to Tennessee in December.
It is believed that the teenager, who has not officially been classed as endangered as officials have no information suggesting she is in direct danger, may have been travelling north to an unknown destination,
‘I’ve been in an investigative position with this agency for three years now, and this is the first time we’ve had a missing juvenile go to this level,’ the detective said. ‘Usually, we locate them within 24 to 48 hours and they’re home safe.’
Police don’t believe the missing teenager was in communication with anyone who wanted to abduct her or intended to run away, Fillyaw added.
Savannah is described by officials as 5ft 3in with blonde hair and blue eyes.