16 Year Old Michaela Wells (USA National Miss Nebraska Teen) Missing Since 3/2/14 in Bellevue, NE … Possible Runaway? (Update: Found Safe in Indianapolis, IN)

 

16 year old Michaela Wells, a USA National Miss Nebraska Teen, was reported missing Monday, March 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Nebraska. Michaela Wells was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday by her parents, at her home in the Golden Hills Subdivision at 36th Street and Highway 370 in Bellevue. Michaela took out the trash around 8:30 p.m. Sunday wearing jeans, a dress coat and slip-on black pumps, but did not return. Wells is white, 5-feet-6, 120 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. Her family does not believe Wells ran away, but the authorities are not so sure. Wells’ name has been entered into the state and national law enforcement database as a missing juvenile; however, the Bellevue police don’t suspect foul play.

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Wells told her family she was stepping outside to take out the trash. She was wearing jeans, a dress coat and slip-on black pumps. She left her heavy winter coat and cellphone inside the house.

Twenty minutes passed before Wells’ family grew worried that she hadn’t returned. Her father looked inside and outside the house. He then drove around the neighborhood searching for her.

Her parents first thought Wells had seen a friend outside and hitched a ride to IHOP. But she didn’t return home that night or the next.

Wells’ mother, Theresa Norris, filed a police report at 9 p.m. Monday.

“When she says she’s going to step out of the house for a minute, she always comes back in,” Norris said. “It’s not like Michaela to disappear without telling us.”

Hmm, slip-on black pumps to take out the trash? I will say this, the extent of time she has been missing is a bit troubling. However, whether she ran away or was taken, she needs to be found and returned home.

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Bellevue teen missing since Sunday night

However, Norris said Wells is not the type to take off and not say anything.  In fact, Norris said, the girl wasn’t even dressed for the weather.

“This isn’t a sign of a teenager saying, ‘I’m gonna go run away on you,’” Norris said.  “It’s just not like her.”

Norris said police have searched the girl’s cellphone and other electronics to determine whether the girl had plans to run away. Police have not yet ruled that out.

UPDATE I: Let me just follow up by saying, that I hope that the police are correct in that this may be a teen runaway and that there was no foul play involved. That being said, there is a part of me that always harkens back to the case of Tim Miller’s missing daughter Laura, who the police first dismissed as a runaway. A note to all, we do consider everything.

UPDATE II: No Evidence of Abduction in Case of Missing Teen.

Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert has stated that this is not the first time Michaela has left home. However, in the earlier instances she returned the following day.

Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert says his department is devoting a great deal of resources to locating Michaela Wells who disappeared on Sunday night.

Asked at a news conference Wednesday afternoon if there was any evidence that she was abducted or in danger, the chief said, “I cannot confirm either one of those to be true.”

He said police do not have information that she was abducted against her will but he said that possibility is part of their investigation. He says he’s not ruling that out.

For more updates, others comments and opinions regarding this case or to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Michaela Wells.

Anyone with information about Wells can contact the Bellevue Police Department at 402-293-3100.

UPDATE III: 16 Year Old Michaela Wells Found Safe in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Bellevue girl missing for about four days was found safe Thursday night in Indianapolis.

Michaela Wells, 16, was located at a residence there about 8:20 p.m. Authorities took her into custody and said she is in good health.

Officer Laurie Synowiecki, a Bellevue police spokeswoman, declined to say whether Michaela left home voluntarily or against her will.

She declined to provide further details, including whether anyone in the case had been arrested.

The FBI and Indiana authorities assisted in locating the girl.

UPDATE  IV: Missing Nebraska teen queen turns up with boy in Indy.

She was found in Lawrence, Ind., at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday, and members of the FBI and the Bellevue Police Department informed Michaela’s mother, Theresa Norris, soon after that her daughter had been found safe, according to a news release from Bellevue police.

Michaela was found by FBI agents inside a home with a male juvenile and told officials that she had left her home of her own accord, according to the release. The release did not mention the age of the male.



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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “16 Year Old Michaela Wells (USA National Miss Nebraska Teen) Missing Since 3/2/14 in Bellevue, NE … Possible Runaway? (Update: Found Safe in Indianapolis, IN)”

    1. Theresa on March 5th, 2014 6:37 am

      “Hmm, slip-on black pumps to take out the trash?”
      Clearly you don’t understand pageant girls, we are constantly either breaking in shoes or practicing walking for the next competition/appearances. It’s wrong for anyone to assume anything based on what she was wearing. A teen to leave without even a jacket and after making future plans? Not common. Next time think about every aspect.
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      SM: Actually you could not be more wrong, I understand 100% about pageant girls as I have known some. Actually, very well. Believe it or not, they don’t wear their sash to bed and when they go to the grocery store, they even where baggy sweats and sneakers.

      Do you know how many times my older sisters pulled this same stunt and immediately got in a friend’s car for a night out with friends? BTW, nothing teens do is common.

      The part that does worry me is the amount of time she has been missing.

      No matter whether she ran away or was God forbid abducted, she needs to be found and return home.

      R

    2. Kaye on March 5th, 2014 8:46 am

      There was a case several years ago of a South Carolina young woman who went out to get the mail in broad daylight (at her folks’ home) and was kidnapped and murdered. So you just never know.. In this case the mailbox was at the foot of the driveway.

    3. A Texas Grandfather on March 5th, 2014 8:49 am

      The area is partially developed with farming going on right next to housing, The IHOP is on Harvel Drive North of 370 in a shopping center. I have eaten at that IHOP.

      36th street is a major North-South street that runs from Bellevue to Omaha. It actually continues South of 370 towards the Air Force Base.

      One cannot trust teens to tell you the truth about their plans. Between the ages of 14 and 18 is the most dangerous time for girls. Dad should have taken the garbage out himself or if she volunteered, he should have been suspicious.

      I hope they find her safe.

    4. Scared Monkeys on March 9th, 2014 10:21 am

      Um, #1 … I guess I do understand understand pageant girls now don’t I? Better than just pageant girls, I understand teens.

      R

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/07/nebraska-teen-queen-found/6180679/

      She was found in Lawrence, Ind., at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday, and members of the FBI and the Bellevue Police Department .

      Michaela was found by FBI agents inside a home with a male juvenile and told officials that she had left her home of her own accord, according to the release. The release did not mention the age of the male.

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