All Roxann Anderson wants to know today is that her 16-year-old niece, Bailey E. Scott, who was living with her in Quilcene for the past two months, is alive.
On Friday, Feb. 2, Scott left her toothbrush, her cell phone charger and a note to Anderson telling Anderson that she was going to spend the night with friends and not to worry. Scott signed the note, “Love you, Bay,” Anderson said.
On Monday, Feb. 5, when Scott didn’t show up at Quilcene High School, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for the public to look out for the teen, who is now considered a runaway. Scott is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has blue eyes and brown hair.
Neither Anderson nor Scott’s friends have heard from Scott since Friday, and Anderson fears that Scott may have befriended someone online and that that person came to her house and picked her up.
“I’m afraid that what’s happening is that she met someone,” Anderson said of Scott’s friends sharing that she was “talking to some guy.”
“That’s all we’ve got,” Anderson said, adding that she’s aware that Scott was using Snapchat, FaceTime and Facebook Messenger to communicate with people.
Anderson said Scott had lived with her in the past because she was having a difficult time living with family in California, but she doesn’t believe Scott ran away from her home in Quilcene.
“She came here to live because she wanted to. I flew her here from California. She asked to come here,” Anderson said of not believing that Scott is a runaway from her home.
“I need to know she’s alive. That’s my main thing. Anyone with information, I don’t care if there’s alcohol or pot involved. I’m not mad, I’m terrified. I just need to hear from her. If she would come home, I’d love that even more,” Anderson said Tuesday morning, Feb. 6.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Anglin said that there is no evidence that Scott has been abducted. She left a note and left on her own accord, he said.
Anglin was aware of Anderson’s concerns.
“The family believes that this is due to an older man coercing her and holding her against her will,” Anglin said. “There is some evidence that an older unidentified man is involved, but nothing telling us one way or another that this is involuntary,” Anglin wrote in email correspondence about the girl Monday night.
Anyone who has any information about Scott’s whereabouts can contact the sheriff’s office at 360-344-9779.