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Eight days after 12-year-old Safford, Arizona girl Betty Taylor disappeared, her parents are speaking out.
“I’m scared to death about what she’s going through,” her mother told KNXV in Phoenix. “I don’t know if she’s out there on her own. I don’t know if she has a safe place to be. I don’t know if she’s eating.”
The Graham County Sheriff’s Office released a statement revealing that Betty was last seen on March 20th. At around 11 a.m, the girl told her father, Justin Taylor, that she was going for a walk. When she hadn’t returned by 6 p.m, the family went searching for her before reporting her missing at 8 p.m.
According to ABC News, police have deployed helicopters, search dogs, drones, officers on horseback and all-terrain vehicles to search for Betty. Per the outlet, they’ve combed the desert area around a small town located at the foot of the Pinaleno Mountains in southeast Arizona, about 130 miles from Tucson.
Over the weekend, volunteers passed out missing person flyers to others in the community in a desperate attempt to raise awareness of the search.
Betty is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 135 pounds with hazel eyes and shoulder-length brown hair with red highlights. She was reportedly wearing a black sweatshirt with white letters on the front, a neon-colored baseball cap, blue jeans and turquoise and pink Vans tennis shoes when she left the house the day she went missing.
According to the sheriff’s office, she was also carrying a purple JanSport backpack.
Anyone with information about Betty Taylor’s whereabouts is being urged to call 9-11 or contact investigators at (929) 428-3141.