Two 15-year-old girls from Shellsburg in eastern Iowa went missing over the weekend and authorities believe they could be with two runaway boys from southwest Iowa.
Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek were last seen at noon on Saturday and last made contact with family members around 3 p.m. Skie’s mother, Dusty Hiepler-Floyd, says she doesn’t believe her daughter is a runaway.
“I know my daughter is probably scared right now,” Hiepler-Floyd said. The Benton County Sheriff’s Department reports the two girls may be with 16-year-old Corey
Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs — who’re both from the Atlantic area. All four could be traveling in a 1997 gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with no plates.
Whatever the reason for the girls’ disappearance, Hiepler-Floyd said she wants them to return home. “I just want them to know they’re not in trouble,” Hiepler-Floyd said. “I don’t care whatever the reason is they got into that car…neither one of them are in trouble. I just want them home.”
Melinda Griffith, a friend of Hiepler-Floyd, said she doesn’t believe Skie is a runaway. “She didn’t take her purse, she didn’t take her money, she didn’t take anything with her,” Griffith said. “If you’re running away from home, you take everything you got and you definitely take your purse.” Both Floyd and Visek are sophomores at Vinton-Shellsburg High School.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Benton Sheriff’s Department at (319) 472-2337.
By Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids / Photo Ric Hansen, KJAN, Atlantic