SPOKANE, Wash. — Investigators are still searching for answers after a 17-year-old girl was reported missing last Tuesday. 

Police said the family of Sara McNease reported her missing after her car with her belongings inside were found in the parking lot of Spokane Community College last Tuesday. A note saying McNease had left with her boyfriend was also found inside of the car, police said.

On Tuesday morning, Spokane Police Sgt. Terry Preuninger said authorities do not have any new information.

"It's absolutely concerning as she has been gone for so long," he added. 

On Wednesday, Preuninger said police are worried McNease could be in danger, adding that Major Crimes detectives are taking part in the investigation due to its serious nature. 

McNease had recently begun attending the Running Start program at SCC. She was last seen leaving her home at 7 a.m. last Tuesday. Shortly after, she contacted her mother and said she made it to school. But she didn't show up for school, and didn't come home after class, prompting her family to initiate a search. 

Jill Hogberg, a spokesperson for Sara McNease's family spoke to KREM 2 on Thursday, surrounded by McNease's family and friends. Hogberg said running away is very out of character for McNease, and neither her friends nor family know of any romantic relationships she was involved in. 

Hogberg said the note also did not appear to be in McNease's handwriting, and the note was signed using her legal name, which McNease hasn't used in years. 

McNease did not have any bank accounts and all of her electronic devices were restored to factory settings and left behind. 

Hogberg shared a statement from the family last week, pleading for Sara's safe return.

"Sara, if you are listening, please come home. You are not in trouble, you are loved. We just want you safe. Please come home," she said. 

Hogberg said McNease is diagnosed with Asperger's, PTSD and Bipolar disorder. She also said McNease was recently talking with her family about things she was looking forward to, including a trip to Washington, D.C. 

McNease is very trusting, a good student and has never run away before, Hogberg said. 

The family worries she could have been targeted by someone. 

McNease has curly blonde hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots. She is 5'6'' and 200 pounds. 

Police say she “behaves socially at a level well below her age.”

Sara McMease
Sara McMease

The police department is doing a handwriting analysis of the note left in McNease's car.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding any relationship McNease may have entered into to call 509-363-8236 and reference report No. 2019-20192269.

Anyone who knows McNease’s whereabouts or sees her can also call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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