Mother of missing Rolesville teen: ‘I haven’t been able to sleep’

Wake County News

UPDATE: Missing Rolesville teen found safe after mom’s pleas for help on CBS 17

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s been a week since two teenage girls in Wake County got in an Uber and left their school without any notice.

Alyssa McLeod, 16, and Taryn Walker, 15, are both students at Rolesville High School.

CBS 17’s Kelly Kennedy spoke with McLeod’s mother – who feels like more needs to be done to bring them home safe.

“I haven’t been able to sleep,” said Stephanie White. “I can’t eat. I think about her day and night. I don’t know if she’s being held hostage. I don’t know.”

White said, “Alyssa snapchatted me Saturday morning and she said, ‘Hey mama. I just wanted to let you know that I am safe and I love you, but I couldn’t stay there anymore at the group home, so I left.’”

White said Alyssa had been in juvenile detention for theft.

She spent time at the New Beginnings group home in Raleigh as part of her probation.

White said her daughter has never run away before.

“She has never and even if she would have Alyssa is the type where she would stay in contact with me to let me know she’s OK.”

White said a security guard at Rolesville High School saw McLeod and the other teen get into an Uber and leave around 8:30 last Friday morning.

White blames the school.

“I do blame them partly because I understand there’s confidentiality but the security guard saw her leaving and didn’t report it to the school resource officer,” White said. 

White thinks police are not doing enough to find her daughter.

“The last time I spoke with the sergeant he said, ‘OK, well, all we can do is go door-to-door with Alyssa’s picture.’ And I understand that but at the same time you can’t just let it go on and on and on,” said White.

White just wants her daughter to come home safe.

“Alyssa, if you see this would you please, please turn yourself in and do the right thing and get back on the right track,” White pleaded. “It’s very unsafe on the track that you’re going. I know you may not understand it but if you see this please get help and come back to where you belong. Please.”

CBS 17 requested interviews with Rolesville police, but they told us they are unavailable. The police chief did say he does not believe the teens are in any immediate danger.

CBS 17 also reached out to Wake County Schools. They told us they could not comment because they can’t release student information.

New Beginnings group home in Raleigh says they cannot confirm or deny that those two girls were staying there and they can’t release any other information.

McLeod is described as a white female who is approximately 5 foot 3 and weighs around 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing dark blue pants and a white hooded shirt, police said.

Walker is described as an African-American female who is approximately 5 foot 9 and weighs about 253 pounds. Police did not provide information on what Walker was last seen wearing.

Rolesville police said the girls are believed to be in Raleigh, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center, police said.

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