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Missing Norfolk Teen: Lacey Anderson


(NORFOLK, NE) Norfolk native Lacey Anderson went missing almost seven weeks ago on August 23rd. Despite the troubled teen's history of drug use and delinquency, the 19-year-old's mother continues to be her biggest advocate.

Lacey Anderson was living at this apartment complex with her mother when she went missing.

"Lacey is a local girl. She grew up here. There's a lot of people that know her," says Sgt. Michael Bauer, Norfolk Police Investigations.    

Lacey's mother Pam Hess describes her daughter as a good girl who got caught up in bad things. The teen used drugs and was awaiting sentencing for her role in a drive-by shooting when she disappeared.

"She knew she was going to do her time. She was going to make the best of it and take college classes while she was there," says Pam Hess, Lacey Anderson's mother.

Pam says if Lacey left on purpose, it was because someone was targeting her.
"If Lacey ran away, I don't think it was because of her sentencing. I think it was because she was scared," says Hess.

There have been dozens of tips but so far none have panned out.

"The cops, they follow up on them, but if there's no leads, there's no leads. It's just like Bewitched came in, blinked her nose, and poof, Lacey was gone," says Hess.    

But Norfolk police say eliminating leads narrows the scope of the investigation.

"The family needs to know that we are continually working on the case. These cases do not go inactive for us. As long as there's something to do, we're out there trying to find Lacey," says Sgt. Bauer.    

And so is Lacey's family, even when they fear the worst.

"But in my heart, I just say, she's somewhere with her friends and they're watching her. And she'll call me when she can," says Hess.

And with the help of Facebook, thousands of friends are coming forward.

"Since Lacey's gone missing, there's 3,600 people on her Help Find Lacey website," says Hess.

"By using the Facebook, we were able to disseminate and retrieve information extremely quick," says Sgt. Bauer.    

But nothing can replace a mother's direct plea to her missing daughter.

"Just let me know you're alive. I don't care if she's on the run forever, just let us know she's alive," says Hess.

Despite her teen's troubled past, Pam says Lacey is a good kid, a child worth looking for.

If you have any information about Lacey Anderson, please call:

Norfolk Police Division: (402) 644-8700
Madison County Sheriff: (402) 454-2110
Nebraska State Patrol: (402) 370-3456

To check out the Help Find Lacey Anderson Facebook page, go to www.Facebook.com and search "Lacey Anderson".

For case updates, to go: www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=6804

MISSING: Lacey Anderson
DOB: 6/9/1990
Missing: 8/24/2009
Age: 19
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5'3''
Weight: 120 lbs.
Missing from: Norfolk, NE

Reported by Erika Thomas. You can contact her at ethomas@kmeg.com.

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