Feedback
Missing in America

UPDATE MISSING IN AMERICA: Hannah Thomas-Garner

UPDATE (March 8th, 2015):

Hannah Thomas Garner has been found safe in Santa Cruz, California.

Hannah's father, Jeff Garner, told NBC affiliate KOBI his daughter called him on Saturday and said she wanted to come home. "She called me and said, "Dad I'm sorry I put everyone through this." "Are you safe?" She said, "I'm safe and I'm ready to come home." And I bought a ticket, and then I flew to Santa Cruz, and I picked her up and we are now together."

The 17-year-old went missing on November 29th, 2014 from Ashland, Oregon. Hannah had attended a party the night she vanished on Dead Indian Memorial Road near Ashland, but never returned home. Two days later, the teen’s 2012 Ford Focus was found wrecked and abandoned nearly 75 miles south of there, near the city of Mt. Shasta, California.

UPDATE (February 23rd, 2015):

According to police in Ashland, Oregon, a teenager fitting the description of missing 17-year-old Hannah Thomas Garner has been seen in Ocala, Florida.

Detective Marical from the Ashland Police Department told Dateline several witnesses described a person fitting Hannah's description at the "Tampa Bay Area Rainbow Family of Living Light" festival. The teen was going by several names -- one of which was Hannah and another a nickname Hannah was given by many of her friends in Ashland. The Rainbow Family, officially known as the Rainbow Family of Living Light, is a loosely-knit group of individuals from around the country who gather at various festivals to promote non-violence and world peace. The festival in the Ocala National Forest was scheduled to end last Friday.

Thomas-Garner's father, Jeff Garner, told Dateline the family hasn't been able to confirm the person spotted is his daughter, but that police are trying to gather surveillance footage from the area around the festival.

"We're trying not to think too much of it, because we don't want to get our hopes up," Jeff Garner told Dateline Monday. "Like I've always said, I just need to know she's safe and is where she wants to be."

Thomas-Garner is described as 5’6” tall, weighing 137 pounds, with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. If you have any information regarding the teen’s whereabouts, please contact the Ashland Police Department at (541) 482-5211.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (January 5th, 2015):

Missing Oregon teenager Hannah Thomas-Garner was classified as a runaway by police after she vanished on November 29th, 2014 from Ashland Oregon, but the 17-year-old’s family insists something else has to be behind her disappearance.

“It’s been a roller coaster, ups and downs,” Jeff Garner, Hannah's father, told Dateline. "Each day it gets harder and harder, but I'll never lose hope for my baby girl."

Officials told Dateline Hannah had attended a party the night she vanished on Dead Indian Memorial Road near Ashland, but never returned home. Two days later, the teen’s 2012 Ford Focus was found wrecked and abandoned nearly 75 miles south of there, near the city of Mt. Shasta, California.

“Who knows what happened. It looks like maybe a deer hit the car. There was no indication of violence,” Deputy Chief Tighe O’Meara told Dateline. “We are concerned as we are concerned about any runaway, but there is no indication that she is kidnapped.”

Police have also said they have concrete evidence that Hannah planned to run away, saying they have gathered verbal accounts from her classmates as well as cell phone information. However, as Hannah is underage, police are investigating and trying to figure out the whereabouts of the teen.

Hannah’s family remains firm in their belief she would never just disappear. Jeff Garner told Dateline his daughter had bright plans for her future, was extremely close with her siblings and extended family, and that she was the light of his life. He said Hannah was planning to attend college next year to one day become a occupational therapist; a dream she has had since she was 12.

"If she were to call me right now, she would not be in trouble. I just need to know she's safe and is where she wants to be," Jeff said. "If she did run away for whatever reason and wants to come home, we'll figure it out. Anything, we'll figure it out."

Family and friends have taken to social media to spread awareness. The Facebook page ‘Bring Hannah Home’ has received nearly 5,000 likes, and the hashtag #bringhannahhome has been started on Twitter in hope of bringing the message in front of the right person.

“I just take it day by day. That's all I can do. Take it day by day, hour by hour," Jeff, Hannah's father, told Dateline. "I'm her father... that's my job."

Thomas-Garner is described as 5’6” tall, weighing 137 pounds, with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. If you have any information regarding the teen’s whereabouts, please contact the Ashland Police Department at (541) 482-5211.