FLINT, MI – A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old Davison girl.
Kaylee Mathews went missing shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, from her family’s home off West Second Street in Davison.
“The parents of Kaylee Mathews had a conversation of some online social media activity. That conversation was what any parent would have to any of their kids that they love,” said Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson at a Saturday, March 28 press conference. “Shortly thereafter Kaylee walked out of the house and that was the last (time) that she’s been seen.”
Mathews left home on foot without a phone. She was last spotted headed west on Davison Road.
Mathews is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has green eyes and long strawberry-blond hair.
She was last seen wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, navy pants and gray shoes.
Davison police Chief Don Harris asked the sheriff’s office to take over the investigation Saturday.
The sheriff’s office became involved in search efforts Thursday that have also included the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Flint Area Narcotics Group and Michigan State Police.
“We’re throwing all the assets we have — in light of everything that’s going on — this is our focus,” said Swanson. “The focus of finding and giving a safe return to Kaylee Mathews.”
Upon searching her phone for conversations, pictures, and videos, Swanson said nothing was found showing any contemplation by the teen in deciding to leave or interaction with anyone who may have coerced her to make the move.
Investigators have conducted 30-plus interviews, utilized K-9 officers, checked spots Mathews frequented, used drones to search neighborhoods, and checked surveillance videos from homes and intersections but to no avail.
“We literally have no leads at this point,” said Swanson, noting Mathews has not logged onto any of her social media accounts from a different location. “We’ve exhausted what we have. We’re going to continue to work, but that’s why we reach out to the public.”
Mathews’ parents stood behind Swanson but declined comment.
“Our prayer is that she is with somebody right now and even if she’s scared,” said Swanson. “The parents (if they spoke) would say baby, we want you to come home. We want a safe return, even if there is a confrontation, an argument, we can get through that and we will work with you.”
He shared a message to anyone who may be keeping the teen.
“If somebody knows where she is and is housing her because you think that is the best option, you think that maybe she’s scared and you won’t come forward,” said Swanson. “Mark my words, there is no tolerance for that. This is the time to restore a family whose put their life on hold to find their precious daughter.”
Anyone with information may call 911 or report a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245), on the P3 Tips mobile app, or online at CrimeStoppersofFlint.com.
Videos, photos, and audio can be submitted via the Crime Stoppers app or website.