A search is underway in the Omaha area for a teen-ager missing from her home since Monday.Bellevue police say the are doing everything possible to locate 16-year-old Michaela Wells.
Her parents reported her missing on Monday, telling police that around 8pm Sunday night she took out the garbage and never returned.
Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert says they now are treating this case as a missing person.
Elbert, at a news conference, says he understands this case is generating a lot of publicity on social media. Michaela apparently has competed in beauty pageants and that contributed to the interest in the case, but Elbert says that is not a critical piece of information in the investigation.
Elbert says investigators have her cell phone and other electronics and are currently combing through them for clues.
Elbert adds there is no evidence of foul play. However, they are not ruling that out.
Michaela’s parents did tell police she recently disappeared overnight but returned the next day.
Michaela is 5’6”, 120 lbs with dark hair. She was last seen wearing jeans, slip on black shoes and a long red coat.