She was last seen at Houstons Downtown Discovery Green
It was within a matter of minutes that 14-year-oldMorgan Hernandez disappeared. Her grandmother looked over her shoulder at Discovery Green on New Year's Eve to see the teen enjoying the band.
When she turned around again just a few minutes later, Morgan was gone.
It's been more than a week since the teen went missing from the downtown Houston park. Her parents, Ruben and Nile Hernandez, have filed a missing person's report with Houston Police on Jan. 1, tirelessly posted fliers around town and created a Facebook page asking anyone who has information about Morgan to contact them.
"Now all I can think of to do is what we've been doing, which is a lot of praying," Ruben Hernandez said.
Police said they have a few leads from phone numbers from a cell that was used by Morgan, a seventh-grader at Gentry Junior High School in Baytown, around the time she disappeared.
"As of right now, there are no signs of foul play," said HPD Officer Mario Robau. While he could not give details of the investigation, he said it is still being treated as a missing person's case. He said police have information that Morgan was last spotted in west Houston on Westheimer.
Didn't answer phone
Family members have no idea where the teen could be.
Her grandmother, Kelly Doucette, said she had taken her two grandsons to the ice skating rink about 30 feet away from where Morgan was standing before the teen disappeared around 9 p.m.
Doucette told police she tried to contact Morgan on a cell phone she'd given her in case she got separated from the group, but could not reach her. When she was driving around looking for her granddaughter, Doucette spotted her around 1 a.m. at a parking lot on Crawford near the park with at least one man she'd never seen before.
The teen's parents said Morgan left her purse with the little money she had in her grandmother's car. The parents do not believe the girl left the park willingly. Nile Hernandez described Morgan as a good kid, who enjoys staying at home, reading, watching television and fishing with her family.
Tank top and jeans
Morgan is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds with dark hair and brown eyes. She has a scar under her chin and another wide scar between her elbow and forearm. She was last seen wearing an orange tank top, brown boots, blue jeans and glasses. She was also wearing a silver Hello Kitty necklace.
"We love her and we miss her," Ruben Hernandez said. "We just want her back as quick as possible."
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Houston Police DepartmentMissing Person's unit at 713-731-5223.