published Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Family of missing Nashville teen makes tearful plea

Two days after a 16-year-old girl went missing, her mother made a tearful plea for her safe return home to East Nashville.

Police have used a helicopter and search dogs to try to find Karla Hernandez-Santiago, but there has been no trace of her since Tuesday afternoon. Metro Police Capt. Gordon Howey said a friend saw the girl get into a white car driven by a Hispanic man near the intersection of Dickerson Pike and Queen Avenue, less than a mile from her neighborhood.

"We don't have any information or indication that she's in danger at this point," Howey said Thursday while Hernandez-Santiago's family huddled in the distance, her 6-year-old sister sobbing quietly in her mother's arms.

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