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April 11, 2013

Teen girl missing; mother worries

She vanished March 14 without money, wallet; official status is runaway

— It’s been nearly a month since Kimberly Breaux has seen her teenage daughter.

Breaux said Rachel Brown, 16, Breaux’s adopted daughter, kissed her goodnight March 14 after a day of lying on a couch watching movies.

“She told me she loved me and shut the door,” Breaux said. “That was the last time I saw her.”

Breaux, who lives near Tahlequah in Cherokee County, said she first feared that her daughter had been abducted, for all that was missing was Brown and the clothes she was wearing.

“Her wallet, money, everything else was still here,” Breaux said.

She said Brown was an honor roll student who attended Hulbert High School but got her General Education Degree at age 16 so she could get an early start on a nursing career.

“She planned to go to college in the fall,” Breaux said. “She’s a smart girl. She said she was fed up with high school drama and just wanted to get started with her life.”

Breaux said there was no type of “explosive incident” or anything else before the disappearance.

“She was just gone,” Breaux said. “All of a sudden.”

She filed a missing-person report with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office but later learned that the teen had run away.

“I spoke with the mother of another girl who said she (Brown) was at their house March 16,” Breaux said. “She told her daughter to ‘make that girl go home.’”

A photo of Brown and information were posted on Facebook, where it caught the attention of Lacrecia Lynn Scroggins, a Taylor Ferry firefighter. Scroggins spread the image around and was told by another firefighter that he had seen Brown in Wagoner.

The Sheriff’s Office lists Brown as a runaway.  

“There’s no reason to believe she was in danger when she left home,” Undersheriff Jason Chennault said.

But Breaux fears that may no longer be the case.

She said she was told that Brown was staying with a man she only knew as “Braxton” in Haskell. Police there attempted to locate Brown but found that she had left town with Leslie James “Porky” Robertson of Porter, Breaux said.

“I was told he has a criminal record and is wanted in a number of counties,” she said. “I just want her to be found and be safe. I just want to hear from her.”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

Anyone with information about the location of Rachel Brown of Tahlequah can call a local law enforcement agency or the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 456-2583.

Brown, 16, has brown hair and light-colored eyes.

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