ALTOONA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The father of 15-year-old Adrianna Couey says his daughter has been found safe.
Dennis Couey tells us he is headed to the sheriff’s office right now to pick her up. Christmas is on hold at the Couey house.
ORIGINAL: The Etowah County family said they won’t celebrate until their 15-year-old daughter, Adrianna, comes home. Her parents, Dennis and Diane Couey, said she told her father Wednesday that she was going to check on her ailing grandmother, who lives nearby.
No one has heard from her since.
“Your heart hits your toes and you don’t know what to do,” Dennis Couey said.
The Coueys describe Adrianna as a shy, timid girl.
“Everybody’s like a stranger to her. She hides behind us, even around family,” her father said.
According to the Couey’s, Adrianna’s behavior began to change when she started visiting her older sister at work, and started talking to a coworker of hers; a man in his forties. In September, Adrianna quietly left home. Not long after her departure, her sister found her in bed with that man, according to Dennis Couey.
When Adrianna came home, Couey said he took away her cellphone and disabled the family’s landline and home internet.
“I thought she was back to normal and she was back to being Adrianna,” Couey recalled.
Since her disappearance last week, Couey discovered Adrianna still had been texting the man with her grandfather’s cellphone.
“He was texting back some unappropriate (sic) words to a 15-year-old,” Couey said, pointing out that he’d turned the phone over to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating.
In the past week Couey said Adrianna has been spotted in Guntersville.
“Several stores have identified her and seen her,” Diane Couey said.
On one occasion, a woman told the Coueys that she saw Adrianna walking down the street with an older man. By all accounts, Adrianna is physically OK. But her parents still worry she’s in danger.
“I was the one that was supposed to have been watching her,” Dennis Couey said. “If she’d just come home, I wouldn’t be mad a bit.”
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t named any suspects in Adrianna’s disappearance. If you see her, call investigators at (256) 546-2825.