Father Believes Missing 13-year-old Clarion Girl Was Abducted
CLARION, PA. (EYT) — Thirteen-year-old Shevy Lynn McGiffin walked a few minutes from her Fraternity Drive home in Clarion Township Friday evening to the Comet Food Warehouse on South Fifth Avenue to buy a coloring book.
It was nearly 7 p.m. It was raining. It was getting dark.
Her father – Andrew James Schneider – said a cashier reported that Shevy bought the book and left the store.
And that was the last time anyone saw her.
McGiffin has been gone for nearly two days. On Sunday, family and friends organized a community gathering to draw attention to her disappearance with the hope she will be found safe.
Friends, family, and those who just wanted to help, gathered at the high school and organized into smaller groups around Clarion. The groups covered areas where she was last seen and passed out flyers with Shevy’s photo.
McGiffin, who turned 13 on Monday, September 5, is in the seventh grade at Clarion-Limestone High School.
“If anybody has information or can help us, please call the Pennsylvania State Police,” an emotional Schneider said. “She’s a very lovable girl. She’s never run away before and she never would run away.”
“My feelings are, and I don’t want to say this, but my feelings are she was taken.”
“So please, if anyone has any information, please call,” Schneider added.
Schneider said police and fire companies conducted searches Friday night and Saturday.
McGiffin’s disappearance didn’t meet the requirements to issue an Amber Alert, according to Clarion-based State Police.
According to amberalert.gov, the AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.
“They don’t have proof she was kidnapped and she left the house on her own,” Schneider said in reference to why the Amber Alert was not issued.
Schneider said her mother – Tina McGiffin – knew she was leaving to go to the store.
Shevy has blonde hair in a pony-tail, is 4-feet-8-inches tall with a husky build and was wearing a pink Under Armour hoodie, pink shorts and black Nike sandals.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Clarion at 814-226-1710.
(Photos by Ron Wilshire)
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