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Father of missing East Ridge teen urges authorities to push harder in search

Joshua Mabry says his daughter Alicia has been missing since March 4th. (Image: Joshua Mabry)

An East Ridge father is desperate to find his 16-year-old daughter, who he says has been missing for nearly a month now.

For the first few weeks, Alicia Lorean Mabry was considered a runaway because of the way she went missing. Now, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) considers her a missing person.

Her father, Joshua Mabry, says her mental health problems are what worry him the most about her well-being, and why he's urging authorities to kick the investigation up a notch.

Joshua says Ali's mother died when she was five. He's had custody of her since.

But now he can't find his 16-year-old daughter. He says she's been missing since March 4th.

"It's been like three weeks and three days and I haven't heard one word," says Joshua.

The last time he spoke with her was a Saturday night.

Hours after he went to bed, the other kids in the house came to tell him about their discovery: Ali's bedroom window was open, pillows stuffed under her bed sheets.

She was gone.

"It was a lot of anger at first," says Joshua, "I couldn't believe she did this."

When Joshua reported Ali missing to East Ridge Police, he says officers considered her a runaway.

It wasn't until this week that the TBI deemed Ali a missing person.

Mabry told officers Ali struggles with mental heath problems and they should push harder to find her.

"I told him. He needs to have a little compassion. This girl's out here. She's got PTSD, ADHD, she's BPD which is borderline personality disorder. She takes nine different medications. She left them all here."

Tonight, he just wants her to know this:

"I love you, Ali. Come home. Call me. Please let me know you're safe and alive. I miss you so much."

We reached out to East Ridge Police to see if they have any more leads. We have not yet heard back.

Joshua Mabry believes Ali may be with a family friend. However, there is nothing from law enforcement to back up that theory.

If you have seen Ali or know where she is, please call the East Ridge Police Department at 423-622-1725 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or email tipstotbi@tn.gov.

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