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Gassville mother pleads for missing daughter to return home

KATV Little Rock/Pine Bluff logo KATV Little Rock/Pine Bluff 11/25/2021 Shelby Rose
Gassville mother pleads for missing daughter to return home
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Authorities continue the search for 15-year-old Haley Shell after she went missing from her Gassville home more than 50 days ago.

She was helping her family move homes on October 1 when Haley said she was going to take out the trash. 

"It may have been like 10 minutes that past between the time she said she was going to take the trash out and the time I got to my car, and she was gone," said mother Nicole McKiernan. 

She immediately filed a missing person's report with the Gassville Police Department. Two days later, a note appeared at their old home, raising greater concerns for McKiernan. 

"None of this is adding up, and it's extremely worrying," she said. 

McKiernan believes Haley may have fallen victim of sex trafficking, and hopes her daughter's case brings more awareness to the dangers of runaway youth.  

"With all of the cyber stuff and the coercing and the sex trafficking and everything that has been going on, runaways are in just as much danger," McKiernan said. 

Officials with the Gassville Police Department says they have exhausted all of their resources into finding Haley. 

"Look, just her being gone is a huge concern for us. This is not just a Gassville case. This case has gotten bigger than Gassville, bigger than the state," Captain Everett Uchtman said.

They have enlisted the help of Arkansas State Police, Baxter County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Marshals.

And McKiernan said she won't stop looking for her daughter. 

"I'm just going to keep imagining and hoping and praying that I get her back and I get her back before Christmas," she said. "That's my main goal."

Anyone with information on Haley's whereabouts is urged to call the Baxter County Sheriff's Office at 870-425-2400.

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