The family of Annahi Tejeda, a 13-year-old girl from Pico Rivera, is asking for the public's help locating their missing daughter. Annahi was reported missing on Thursday around 1 a.m., and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is urging anyone with information to come forward.
Annahi's family held a press conference alongside deputies to appeal for any information that could help in the search. Her mother, Cynthia Lomeli, spoke to reporters, pleading for her daughter's safe return: "We just want her to come back home safe... let her know that her whole family's looking for her. We love her so much. We're all very worried about her."
Her family, around 11:50 p.m., last saw Annahi on Wednesday in the 8900 block of Gallatin Road. According to reports, she left her home after a dispute over her cell phone.
Surveillance footage shows Annahi walking in the area shortly after leaving her residence. The straight-A student at a middle school in Rosemead does not have her cell phone or any other form of communication.
Annahi's aunt, Adriana Oropeza, told City News Service that the family needs the public's help to find her as soon as possible.
Surveillance footage captured Annahi traveling near Poplar Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Montebello. Broadcast reports on Saturday said she was later spotted in a 7-Eleven gas station in Montebello.
Authorities have not found any signs of foul play or criminal activity. However, Annahi's mother recently learned that her daughter might be suffering from depression and anxiety, raising concerns about her safety.
A sum of $10,000 is being offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as a reward for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of Annahi.
Family members have placed signs throughout Los Angeles County hoping she will see them.
Authorities note that Annahi has connections to Rosemead and El Monte, where her father lives, in addition to Pico Rivera and Montebello.
"We're waiting for you, Annahi. We love you, we miss you. Your whole family," Cynthia Lomeli said, urging anyone with information to contact deputies at (562) 949-2421.
The search for Annahi continues, and her family hopes they will be reunited with their daughter soon.
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