MEDFIELD--Fighting back tears, the mother of a missing Medfield teenager offered a plea to the unidentified man who left the local library with her daughter Monday afternoon.
“Whoever you are, could you please just bring her home to us today?” said Maureen Thompson, the mother of 17-year-old Brittany Thompson, during a news conference at the town police station. “I want her to sleep in her own bed tonight.”
Medfield Police Chief Robert Meaney told reporters that Thompson, who has developmental issues, left the Medfield Public Library with the man at about 4:15 p.m. Monday.
“Both of them appeared to know each other,” Meaney said, adding that Thompson appeared to leave with the man voluntarily.
The chief added, “We have concerns about the situation, since Brittany has some issues that impact her ability to make safe decisions.” Neither Meaney nor Thompson’s parents provided details about her issues.
The chief described the man who left with Thompson as a heavyset white male standing between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with dark hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt that said “Sons of Anarchy” and “Fear the Reaper” with a picture of the grim reaper surrounded by flames, Meaney said.
Thompson is a white female standing 5-foot-6 and weighing 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red sleeveless top with jeans and flip-flops. She also wears braces.
Though Meaney described the man in question as a “male suspect” during the news conference, he said afterward that he is not known to have committed any crimes “at this point,” and the case is not currently being treated as an abduction.
“We want to find Brittany,” Meaney said. “We want to get her home.”
Thompson’s father, Michael, held a picture of her during the news conference and said, “Our daughter Brittany is a very loving, caring, trusting 17-year-old girl. She loves music, she loves kittens, she loves eating out.”
He said Brittany is planning to attend college next year to study early childhood education. She currently attends the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin.
Michael Thompson said his daughter has never disappeared before and even if she left the library voluntarily, he has no doubt that she is currently “under duress.”
“Brittany, if you’re listening and you’re able to contact us in any way, please do,” he said.
Meaney said police are assuming that Thompson and the man met online and arranged to meet at the library, where she often studies. Thompson does not have a cellphone, he said.
Maureen Thompson said her daughter is “not emotionally a 17-year-old” and has a hard time making friends, so it is easier for her to talk with people on the Internet.
Police currently have no leads on the identification of the man or where he and Thompson may be, Meaney said.
He added that surveillance photos of the man can be viewed on the website massmostwanted.org, and he urged anyone with information that could help investigators to call State Police at 508-820-2121.
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