JCSO searching for missing teen

JCSO searching for missing teen

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a teen who went missing in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 30. Sharon West, a 14-year-old living in the Labelle-Fannett area, was last seen at the home of a family friend she was staying with around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. She was reported missing  July 30 around 8 p.m.

Deputies said West is about 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs around 115 lbs. Her most distinctive feature is deep red hair with purple coloring on the underside of her hair. She also has a mole below her left eye.

"She was last seen around 2 a.m.," said Deputy Rod Carroll of JCSO. "The adults went to bed and she stayed up texting. Some of her friends have come forward but no one knows where she went. No one talked to her and can tell us what happened. This isn't a typical missing person case - a lot of times, they missing juvenile will tell their friends where they are going and the friends can tell us, 'Oh, yeah, they went to Galveston; they went to Dallas.' But this isn't the case."

Though the circumstances surrounding West's disappearance are odd in relation to other missing persons cases, Carroll said there is no way the Sheriff's Office can rule whether it is an incident where West has run away or if foul play is involved.

"Most times, the juvenile will have an argument with an adult and leave to go stay somewhere else," he said. "We haven't been able to connect all the dots like we could with a typical missing person."

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for any lead that may help them find the missing teen.

"We have to be reactionary with this. The quicker we react to a lead, the closer we are on her trail, the sooner we can find her," said Carroll.

Anyone who has information to West's whereabouts is asked to call Detective Gary Jones at (409) 835-8411, or contact a law enforcement agency by calling 9-1-1.

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