Chat Room May Have Influenced Missing Teen

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police are asking for the public's help to find a teenager who has disappeared after chatting online with older men.

Jamelia Newman was last seen at her Kansas City, Kan. home Monday night. She is 13-years-old, 5' tall and has black hair and brown eyes.

Newman's mom says she was gone on Tuesday morning when she went to wake her up for school. Her window was cracked but she left her cell phone and personal belongings behind.

Detectives on Wednesday said that it appears that Newman left on her own, saying that they found a note in a binder telling her family goodbye, and that she loved them.

Sherry Willis fears for her daughter's safety. She said her daughter was recently chatting online with older men and is afraid one of them might be involved in her daughter's disappearance.

"The internet plays a big part or somebody older plays a big part. Because didn't no 13 or 12 year old boy come get her. He would have to drive. He would had to have a vehicle. He has to have some place to take her," Willis said, who said that detectives told her that she wrote a note to a friend at school about a guy she met and liked online, and that the guy said that he loved her.

Detectives say that they only have a first name, but they are checking out that lead.

"I can't bear the thought of her being out there somewhere and I don't know where she is," said Willis.

Willis says her daughter is on the honor roll and the church choir. She is described as 5', 85 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information on where she might be, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS or Det. Mark Bundy at (913) 573-6052.

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