Detectives with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office are investigating a 16-year-old girl's disappearance from a local youth home.
North High School student Mariah Kammerer and two other girls ran away from United Methodist Youth Home on the night of Sept. 9, according to Sgt. Joe Beckwith.
Staff members at the home discovered the girls were missing after conducting a bed check, said Darah Kammerer, the teen's mother.
Mariah Kammerer and one of the girls are suspected to be headed out of town, possibly toward Vincennes, Ind., Beckwith said. The third girl was found Sept. 10.
Darah Kammerer said her daughter has run away several times before, usually leaving overnight or for a few days to be with friends.
Most recently, she said, the girl did not come home after school one day, and her mother filed a missing persons report. The teenager showed up at school the next day and was taken into custody by detectives, her mother said.
Darah Kammerer, who lives in Owensboro, Ky., said her parents, who live in Evansville, have custody of her daughter.
"It's scary," said Darah Kammerer. "As time goes by without hearing from her, it gets more pressing. ... (I wonder), has she been abducted? Has somebody picked her up on the street?"
Darah Kammerer started a Facebook account called Mariah Kammerer-Missing. She said has been contacted by several mothers of runaway children, and they have offered advice.
"It's all so overwhelming, and everybody I've come across has really, genuinely been trying to find Mariah," she said.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mariah Kammerer is urged to contact the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office at (812) 435-5713.