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Jun 13, 2012 1:23 AM

Friends and family speak out about missing teen

TUCSON - Wednesday marks two weeks since the now 16-year-old Brooke White went missing. The teen's mother says Brooke's birthday was Monday.

She's believed to be with Todd Hezlitt, the former Altar Valley wrestling coach criminally charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

Brooke's Church in Three Points held a vigil for her friends and family in her honor.

Her father, Brian White, says the community support and prayer has been helpful. All he now wants, is his daughter to return home.

"This is a 38-year-old man who is taking advantage of a 15-year-old girl. As a father, I'm controlling myself and I will continue to do so, but he needs to bring her home."

Brian believes Brooke is in danger. He believes Hezlitt has manipulated her, and is taking advantage of her emotions.

"He's playing on her heart strings. As long as he keeps playing on those and keeps making promises I know he can't keep, she'll play along with him."

Brooke's Mom, Kay, says the past 13 days have been extremely difficult.

"Yesterday was her sweet 16th birthday, so it's been rough."

One of Brooke's closest friends, Tatyana Guy, says everyone that knows Brooke is shocked by her disappearance.

"She's pretty level headed. That's why we're best friends. This definitely threw us for a curve ball."

She says no matter what, she just wants Brooke to know how much she's missed.

"We love her and care about her, and we all want her home and know that she's safe."

If you have any information about Brooke White or Todd Hezzlitt, contact 911, 88-CRIME, or the Pima County Sheriff's Department.


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