Girl, 16, reported missing in Towson

Parents fear daughter may have run away

police continue search

January 24, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Luck Hilliard, a 16-year-old who recently moved back to the Baltimore area, left her home in Towson this week, telling her mother she was going to walk the dog. A few minutes later, the Shih Tzu, Jade, was still in the vestibule, but Hilliard had disappeared.

Although her parents fear she has run away from home, Hilliard has been classified as an endangered missing child because she takes medication daily for severe depression, said her mother, Judy Hilliard.

Baltimore County police and the teen-ager's parents have been searching for her since Monday morning when she walked away from the Dulaney Valley Apartment complex two weeks after she and her mother moved there from Roanoke, Va.

"She only had $13. She doesn't know this area," said Judy Hilliard, 53, a retired paralegal. "We're really worried. I'm horrified thinking about what she's going through right now."

Police, fearing the teen had been hurt or got lost in the woods near Goucher College, searched for her Monday night using hounds and a helicopter, Hilliard said.

By Wednesday, Anne Hilliard's picture and description were featured on the Web site of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

County police are distributing fliers that say she may be trying to head back to Virginia.

If Hilliard has run away from home, this isn't the first time. However, her mother was able to quickly find her after two earlier attempts.

On Monday, Judy Hilliard said they were getting ready to go to the doctor's office for an allergy shot her daughter needs every two weeks.

Anne Hilliard, who dreams of becoming a marine biologist, had the day off from the Hannah More School, her mother said. They hadn't been arguing, she said, adding, "There really was no warning."

Hilliard spent the weekend with a friend at her father's and stepmother's house, also in Towson. "They were having a grand old time," said her father, Michael Hilliard, a major in the Baltimore City Police Department. "It was like living with two comedians. ... She seemed fine."

Since their daughter's disappearance, both parents have had trouble eating and sleeping. Her mother paces her apartment, not even wanting to move the pajamas on the floor in her daughter's bedroom. Her father tries to stay focused on a task and has spent much of the week distributing fliers in the metropolitan area and calling friends and relatives.

Hilliard, a veteran police officer, has been involved with missing-children cases before and says they are always difficult. "I think there's a little difference when it's your own," he said. "Knowing the potential ramifications makes it even more intense."

Anyone with information about Anne Hilliard, who is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes, is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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