USA National Miss Nebraska Teen Michaela Wells missing — parents say she wouldn’t run away
          

Michaela Wells - Official Pageant Photo

USA National Miss Nebraska Teen Michaela Wells left the house at 8:30 Sunday night to take out the trash — and didn’t come back. The 16-year-old left behind her cell phone and warm winter coat, leading her parents to worry about her immediate safety as overnight temperatures dipped to -6 degrees in their town of Bellevue, Neb.

“This isn’t a sign of a teenager saying, ‘I’m gonna go run away on you,’” Michaela’s mother, Theresa Norris, told Omaha’s KETV. “It’s just not like her.”

Her parents said they drove around the neighborhood to look for her on Sunday night, but “gave her the benefit of the doubt.” They reported her missing at 9 on Monday night.

Although Michaela’s parents say the teen “vanished,” authorities from the Bellevue Police Department don’t suspect foul play. Police officials said in a statement: “At this time, there is no evidence to indicate Michaela left her residence against her own will.”

Michaela Wells - USA Miss Nebraska Teen

Still, Michaela’s parents claim there’s no reason their daughter would leave.

“Her friends are in shock as some of them had just talked to her the afternoon before she vanished to make plans for the week,” Michaela’s parents wrote on the Miss Nebraska Teen Facebook page. Her mother told Fox News that Michaela “couldn’t get a smile off her face” on Sunday because she was asked on a date.

According to Michaela’s personal Facebook page and bio for the Nebraska State Fair, she recently graduated from a homeschooling program. She is now taking college courses. She listed her interests as “helping others in my community through volunteer work, performing Middle Eastern Dance, hitting the mats with the Sarpy Aikido Club, and teaching lost and endangered arts to the public as part of the Medieval and Renaissance Society.”

Miss Nebraksa Teen Michaela Wells - Pageant Photo

Based on the USA National Miss website, it seems Michaela simply paid a $495 fee to get her title and a chance at the national crown. She put the USA National Miss Nebraska Teen title to use to raise awareness for Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES), a rare condition affecting her 3-year-old brother.

Michaela was last seen wearing a thin red coat, blue jeans, a black tank top with teal shirt and black pumps. Her dad said on Facebook of the shoes: “Michaela keeps an old beat up pair of slip on pumps (1″ heel) by the door for their easy slip on and off ability when she has to just run out and grab the morning paper, fetch something she forgot in a car or do a quick chore. These are NOT dress shoes with a high heel.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Bellevue Police Department at 402-293-3100.

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    • Guest

      She was wearing pumps to take out the trash?

      • Bethany

        Maybe she just got home from somewhere. That’s what I wear to take out the trash as soon as I get home from work :) I hope they find her…alive!

      • starcasmnet

        Apparently a lot of people were curious about that! Just updated the story with a comment from her dad.

    • Erica

      I hope they find her unharmed and soon!! a lot of people up north have gone missing lately its sad:(

    • DeeDeDee

      Looking at the dad’s profile, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if she ran away because of all the stress in her life. I’m not condoning it, but it wouldn’t surpise me. Hopefully it is the case of a runaway and she comes home and stays safe in the meantime.

    • whitney

      If my kid went to take the garbage out and did NOT return, I’d call the police immediately. I would NOT wait until 24 hours later. This sounds very strange to me. Ok, keeping a pair of slip on shoes next to the door is not unusual. However, putting on a pair of pumps in the middle of winter, where there is most likely snow on the ground is. I live in IL and keep a pair of slip on boots next to the door, not pumps.

      • kiki

        They have to wait 24 hrs. Unless it is seen them being abducted or are a small child to make sure the kid didn’t just leave for a little bit. Its a weird law but in most situations it makes sense.

        • bailey

          That is a MYTH, there is no laws that state you have to wait 24 hours. A myth perpetuated in TV shows and movies, it is completely false. As soon as you suspect someone has gone missing you are supposed to contact the police, especially in a situation like this.

 

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