Today’s Missing Monday is one near and dear to my heart as this young lady is from my hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee. An entire community breathlessly awaits for her safe return.
Monday, March 18, 2013, was the last day 16 year old Amber Nicole Sharpe was seen by her family. She was reported missing early Tuesday morning after it was discovered some of Amber’s clothing, her cat, and cat food were gone as well.
While Amber’s disappearance may have all the markings of a teenage rebellion (and we all pray this is indeed what it is), the belief she may be in the company of an adult male, whom it’s thought she met through Facebook, and the recent attention given to human trafficking in the middle Tennessee area has given this case a sense of urgency.
At last report, there had been no activity on Amber’s cell phone since she was reported missing. Amber has also been silent on her Facebook page despite pleas from friends and family that she should call or come home. A Facebook page titled Help Find Amber Nicole Sharpe has been set up the girl’s family in hopes of recovering the missing teen.
Amber has once before run away from home but her parents and extended family members stress the fact she was only missing for a few hours and say this long silence is extremely unlike Amber.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has classified Amber’s status as an endangered runaway. She is described as a 5’9″ female with straight blonde hair and hazel eyes. She has small but dark beauty marks on each side of her neck which are clearly visible even when her hair is worn down. Amber was last seen wearing dark-colored knee-length shorts, tan moccasin shoes, and a tan frilly tank top with a black coat. She may have been carrying a camouflage bag with her as well.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Amber Nicole Sharpe, please contact the McMinnville Police Department at 931.473.3808 or the TBI at 1.800.824.3463 (1.800.TBI.FIND). The family has also obtained the services of Private Investigator Curtis Burkett who can be reached at 865.223.2049.