Public's help needed to find missing girl, 16

Essex teen last seen asleep at home

parent fears that daughter might be suicidal

July 31, 1999|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in finding a 16-year-old Essex girl who has been missing since Sunday night.

Jessica Lena Fields was last seen by her parents when she went to bed at her home in the 12100 block of Buttonwood Lane. On Monday morning, the teen-ager was gone and her bedroom window screen had been removed, according to her mother, Robin Fields.

Fields said her daughter suffers from depression and did not take her anti-depressant medication with her. Her mother said she is afraid her daughter might be suicidal.

"She left me a letter saying that she was under too much stress," she said.

Police said there was no evidence of an abduction. They also said Fields frequently used the Internet and might have met someone in a chat room. Police have checked with friends and family members but have not turned up any leads, said Bill Toohey, Baltimore County police spokesman.

"No one has seen her, so now we're going to the public," he said. "Given that she does not have her medications, that's a particular concern."

Jessica has left home before, in November 1997, but only for one day. Her mother said she is especially concerned that she has been gone for so long.

"I'm very scared, I've been up all night and looking out the window 24 hours a day," she said. "I just want her back home."

Jessica is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds. She has an olive complexion, brown eyes and a shaved head. Police said she might be wearing black slacks and a striped shirt over a T-shirt.

She is known to frequent Golden Ring Mall and White Marsh Mall, according to police.

Anyone with information about Jessica's whereabouts should call the Baltimore County police at 410-853-3676 or 410-887-2198.

Pub Date: 7/31/99

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