Krystal Muhieddine is missing. Police think she met a mystery man online and ran away with him. And if this mystery man/boy has an ounce of common sense, he will send her home today.
Mrs Muhieddine last saw her daughter on Tuesday morning at 5.30am, sitting in the passenger seat of a silver hatchback with red P-plates as it sped off from outside their house in Mount Street, Hunters Hill. "Someone was waiting for her" she said. Krystal's mobile has been switched off ever since.
Because Krystal is only 14 and has never dated or had a boyfriend, she is naive and extremely vulnerable. She is described as being of Mediterranian/Middle Eastern appearance, tall, almost 6ft, thin build, shoulder length brown curly hair and black-framed reading glasses.
Last Friday night, her parents found out she had lied to her sisters. She told them she had permission to go to the movies to see The Hunger Games with a school friend, but she didn't. We can only guess what took place that night, but it's likely there was a huge row.
Her mother said she "reprimanded" her daughter and confiscated her phone, which is enough in itself to send most teenagers into a total meltdown. Mrs Muhieddine said she and her husband didn't allow social media in the house but thinks Krystal was using the Smartphone messaging app Kik.
There's a lot going on in Krystal's life. Her mother said she was picked on and bullied at her old school and has just started at a new one. "She just didn't fit in with the clique there" she said. Seven weeks ago, when she started at Santa Sabina College at Strathfield, her parents were under the impression she was much happier.
Detective Inspector Richard Puffett said police were exhausting every possible avenue to find her. Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Edit 5pm 29 November 2013: Krystal was found safe and well in a small country town in Victoria at lunchtime today. Her parents are on their way to collect her.