Monday, February 8, 2010 , Updated 4:48 p.m., February 10, 2010
UPDATED: Two teens from Rockwall area return home after running away
Keep reading for a personal email from Bekah, the 15-year-old who ran away.
ROCKWALL UPDATE: A Facebook posting claims that the teens have returned home. "Yes they came home last night," mom, Paula Alexander, said in an email. "They made it as far as Denver, Colorado, and decided to come home. No reason as to why they went on their 'adventure,' but they are both very glad to be home with their families." Below the story you'll find an email from Bekah. She wrote it once she returned home.
Two teens from Rockwall and Heath have been missing from the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly four days. Rebekah "Bekah" Alexander, 15, and Cameron Westmoreland, 16, are believed to have run away together shortly after midnight on Friday, February 5 and have been gone since.
The two have been dating for more than a year, and Bekah's mom, Paula Alexander, says they were inseparable. “She wouldn't leave anywhere without him,” she said. Bekah is a freshman at Rockwall-Heath High School and Cameron is a sophomore at Heritage Christian Academy.
The Alexander and Westmoreland families have launched a police search, missing children search, started a website, and have posted information on Facebook asking for anyone to report if they've seen Bekah and Cameron.
Lt. Carl Alsabrook of the Rockwall Police Department confirms that there is a police report on the two missing teens but that they can't release it because the report is still under investigation and the subjects of the report are minors. “We are actively following with police; we've got investigators checking in other states where they may or may not have been seen,” he said. “The National Center for Missing or Exploited Children is following the case.” Paula Alexander is hopeful that neither of the teens are dead, but said they don't have enough evidence to know for sure.
The teens left their cell phones at home, and Westmoreland extracted some money with his mom's ATM card before running away, according to Paula Alexander, who checked ATM and credit transactions. Cameron returned the ATM card before leaving and neither of the teens have debit or credit cards. “These are conscientious kids, but it seems they don't want to be found,” Paula Alexander said. “They always have their iPods, but it has a GPS tracker in it, so they didn't have that.”
They left the Rockwall area in Westmoreland's 1998 white Dodge truck with license plate 04R JZ9 between midnight and 12:20 on Friday, February 5. Westmoreland has had his driver's license for a few months and Bekah has her learner's permit. Bekah has dyed brown hair, blue eyes, and is 5'4”. Cameron has dark brown hair, blue eyes, and is 5'8”. They have between $700 and $800 with them. “For the two of them in a truck that uses a lot of fuel, they should be running out of money anytime now,” Paula Alexander said.
They also have Bekah's long-haired brown and white Chihuahua with them, who is 12 weeks old. “They have to stop and let the dog go to the bathroom,” Paula Alexander said. “I've never seen two kids just totally disappear and no one has seen them.”
As the mother of three other daughters who are 13, 9, and 4, Paula Alexander can't imagine why her oldest daughter wanted to run away. “This is the craziest thing,” she said. “They were not grounded. They were not in trouble. We haven't told them they couldn't see each other … They have good relationships with their siblings; it just doesn't make sense.”
She believes that the two could be using fake IDs and are likely going by older ages. A friend also told them that Bekah and Cameron may be pretending to be brother and sister.
“We all cycle through being really sad and then being completely panicked and freaked out, and then you get a little mad, and then you go back to being really sad again,” Paula Alexander said of herself, her husband, and Cameron's parents. The group has spent night and day calling hotels, motels, restaurants, and stores who might have seen their children. “You want to feel like you're doing everything you can possibly do, and you still feel like that's not enough. We had a couple of detectives … (who) say we've done more than any other parents. It floors me that you could do all this work and have nothing,” she said.
Letter from Bekah Alexander sent February 10, 2010:Hello Everybody,
You all know I made a very poor decision and left home recently. I just wanted to let you all know that I apologize for any grief or sadness that I may have caused. I am ok and I made it home safe and sound, with no piercings or tattoos. J
I would like to thank everybody who put time and effort into helping the authorities and my parents search for me. I would like to specifically thank the Rockwall Police Department, Officer McIntire, Detective Tigert, and many others for all the man hours spent searching for me. Thank you all for forwarding emails and fliers looking for me.
Thank you for taking the time to pray for me. Your prayers were greatly appreciated. They kept me safe and brought me back home to my family.
I would like to advise anyone who considers leaving home not to do so. It is not a good idea and there are huge consequences at home and legally. Problems can always be solved and running away only creates more.
I am grateful to be home and will not be leaving any time soon. I am truly sorry for all of the pain I have caused.
Lots of love,
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