A 19-year-old California woman vanished nearly two weeks ago — after apparently being fired from her job at a Home Depot, her distraught family said in a report published Monday.
The last time any of Veta Belford’s relatives saw her was on Oct. 17, when the teenager’s dad dropped her off at a Home Depot in Sacramento for her 2 p.m. shift, her older sister, Easter Kitiona told NBC’s “Dateline.”
But when Belford’s mom came to pick her up at around 11:30 p.m., the teen was nowhere to be found.
Belford’s mom was told by a manager that her daughter had left earlier that afternoon after being canned, Kitiona said.
“What we don’t understand is why she didn’t call someone for a ride,” her sister said.
“She just walked out of the parking lot and that was it. We don’t know where she would go or who she would meet. It doesn’t make sense.”
The teen’s mom filed a missing persons report with the Sacramento Police Department just after midnight on Oct. 18 — while family and friends drove around looking for her, the report said.
Police told the family that security footage showed Belford walking out of the store’s parking lot at around 3:45 p.m., Kitiona said.
Family members tried to call the teen, but her phone was off, which was “strange,” her sister said, adding that Belford had a phone charger on her.
Belford is a business management major at Sacramento State and a youth leader at the family’s church. There’s no reason why she would leave on her own and not tell anyone, her sister said.
“She’s very involved in church and loves her role with the youth,” Kitiona said. “We don’t believe she would just leave… so we’re just very worried about her.”
The family is hoping that outreach on social media will lead to some tips in their sister’s case.
“We just want to know that she’s safe,” Kitiona said. “We hope someone will see her photos and come forward with information.”
Belford is 5’4” tall, weighs approximately 215 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. She was last known to be wearing a brownish/orange striped flannel shirt, denim pants, a rainbow ring and a small crossbody bag.
Anyone who might have information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 808-5471.
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