A 14-year-old Conway girl has gone missing without a word, her family said Thursday.
Lidia Mendez disappeared from her brother’s home, where she was staying, this past Saturday. She took a backpack filled with clothes, a flip phone and apparently left.
Police are investigating the case as a runaway, Det. Brian Williams said. The family said they didn’t see a sign of a struggle.
Lidia is an intelligent child who likes to read, said Joan Cornwell of Morrilton. Cornwell is Lidia’s legal guardian, but Lidia had moved to the Conway area about a year and a half ago and lived with her two brothers.
Cornwell said Thursday that Lidia did not like the Conway school district and had struggled to adjust. Then recently, the family took away her iPhone after they found she was talking to older men who were strangers to the family, Cornwell said.
The family spoke to Lidia on Friday, but by Saturday afternoon, she had disappeared and was last seen around the Oak Street area, according to a flier.
Lidia is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 105 pounds. She has long, dark hair and dark eyes. She wears glasses. When she left, she was wearing jeans and a turquoise Aeropostale hoodie.
This is the second time this year Lidia has run away, Williams said. However, last time Lidia went to her pastor’s home and was found immediately. This time, she has not called, texted, posted on Facebook or reached out to anyone in the Conway or Morrilton communities, Cornwell said.
"Nobody has talked to her — nobody has," Cornwell said, crying.
Williams said he considered Lidia to be vulnerable and needs to be home with her family. The police and family are reaching out to the community for help finding Lidia, Williams said.
Cornwell said she is desperate. Family and friends have passed out more than 1,000 fliers.
"We love her," Cornwell said. "I just want her to come home."
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