PACIFICA, California – The father of a 14-year old Filipino-American teen who has been missing since Sept. 27 is appealing for her to come home.
Aaron Placencia said that despite their close relationship, he still has no idea why his daughter Tyla-Ann could have gone missing.
“It’s been very, very difficult. Sleepless nights and worry about you every night, and I just want you home,” he said.
Tyla came to the Bay Area just over a year ago. She had spent her whole life in Hawaii with her Filipina mother.
Aaron said the transition was not as smooth but added that Tyla was able to make friends and grew popular as she recently became freshman class president at Oceana High School.
He said everything seemed well, which makes her disappearance more puzzling.
“She had really good grades. She was on the right track. We even talked about college and where she wanted to go and things she wanted to pursue,” Aaron said.
He was able to get into his daughter’s phone and social media account but did not find clues to her whereabouts.
“I went through it. We have a private investigator that went through it. We also have the police that went through it and none of us found anything that makes any sense. Everything was just a normal day like school talk, girl talk but nothing indicated that ‘this is what I’m going to do’,” he said.
Aaron said he fears that Tyla may be a victim of human trafficking.
“When you have a beautiful young lady that can make herself look almost 18-years-old, why would not some guy take advantage of that young lady? And that’s the worst nightmare. That’s the worst thing that can happen at this point.”
Tyla may be in San Francisco or San Mateo County and may have changed her appearance, police said.
Authorities urge those who may spot Tyla to refrain from approaching her and instead call the police.
Aaron believes his daughter may specifically be in the cities of south San Francisco or San Bruno.
“We can work this out. We can’t work out your life if it’s been taken or taken advantage of. It’s Christmas time. This is the time you should be with your family and not out on the street. So if you see this and you’re hearing this, know that I love you,” he pleaded.
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