Parents of missing 14-year-old: We wish we’d heeded warnings

Parents of missing 14-year-old: We wish we’d heeded warnings

Parents of missing 14-year-old: We wish we’d heeded warnings

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 2:18 PM

HOUSTON—The parents of a 14-year-old girl who was taken from home by a 33-year-old man said they knew the pair was friendly, but they never expected what happened Tuesday.

An Amber Alert was issued for the girl on Tuesday afternoon after deputies said she left her uncle’s north Harris County home with Jacob West.

“A few people had told us that something was going on,” said her mother. “I said, ‘Oh there’s nothing going on, he treats her like his own daughter.’”

Now she says she wishes she had heeded the warnings.  She now believes her teenage daughter had been romantically involved with West, their former neighbor.

“We didn’t want to accept it because he acted like he was a normal human being, that just goes to show you nothing is what it seems to be,” the teen's father said.

The girl's parents said they are convinced that West is manipulating their daughter and said they have no idea where the two could be headed.

“He may do something to harm her,” the father said. “I hope he doesn’t. I know they’ve been seeing each other for a while.”

West has daughters around the same age as the girl he's accused of taking.

The girl's  mother said she gets angry when she thinks of what West could be doing to her daughter.

“Everytime I see her on TV I start crying,” she said. “I want my daughter back.”

Her father said he hopes West is found soon.

“This is not gonna stop. It’s not gonna stop until he goes away,” he said.

West was driving a 2005 silver GMC Envoy with Texas License Plate #AT42794. He is 6-feet 2-inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has brown eyes and short brown hair.

The missing teen has brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5 feet tall and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a tie-dyed shirt and blue jeans.

The FBI was involved in the search as of Wednesday afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to contact deputies.

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