Overshadowed by the tragedy of the Aurora movie theater shooting is the disappearance of Antoinette Garrison. Annie, as she is known to her family and friends, disappeared on July 21st and hasn't been heard from since. She is believed to be a runaway, but that should not detract from the fact that she is a missing child, who may be in danger.
There have been a few possible sightings but nothing concrete. Her family is worried sick and wants her to know that she is not in trouble. They plead for her return. She is a petite 16-year-old, 5'2", with blond hair and bright blue eyes. She has a very distinctive mole on her neck and a birth mark above her right elbow.
Her activities on the day of her disappearance were completely out of character, according to Antoinette's mother, Annette Garrison. She said, "I would have never expected this to happen at all. She was on the right track to an awesome future." The only motivation her parents can think of other than home sickness is love. Apparently, her boyfriend in Virginia had broken up with her over the phone the night before she left. She had spent the previous night at her stepsister's house and left at 11 am to go to her job at Taco Bell. At 1 pm, she called in sick to work. She texted with her father shortly after that, and at 2 pm, she entered a branch of Chase Bank and attempted to withdraw the contents of her account, which she was unable to do without a parent. What happened after that is a mystery. Her truck was found in the lot of her stepsister's apartment complex, unlocked with the keys in it. A note, stating that she was sorry and going home, was found at her mother's house. It is believed that she was headed for Virginia, her home state.
But if she left for Virginia nearly a month ago, where is she now? None of her friends or family there have seen her, and she left Fort Collins with very little money and no vehicle. So who is she with? Did she catch a ride with a stranger or casual acquaintance? Is she walking and hitch-hiking? Those scenarios are definitely dangerous for a young girl on such a lengthy journey, even if she is missing by choice. Anything could have happened to her. Or maybe she is safe, out there partying like every teenager wants to.
Have you seen Antoinette Garrison? If she really is on her way to Virginia, there is a lot of territory for her to cover, and someone would likely see her somewhere along the over 1,600 miles between points A and B. If you have seen Annie, her family begs that you contact police. They just want to know she is okay, not in the hands of a monster or injured somewhere.