On Friday, 16-year-old Chloe Anton left school and hasn't been seen by her family since. The Dickinson Police Department's search for the runaway Dickinson juvenile continues into its 4th day, with mixed leads in the case.
"If you know where she is, contact dispatch at 701-456-7759. You may remain anonymous," A Dickinson Police Department social media post read. "A person who willfully harbors a runaway minor with knowledge that the child is being sought by a law enforcement authority is guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor. So yea, don't."
When the Chloe Anton's mother, Kristin Anton, showed up to pick up her daughter from Dickinson High School on Friday the students filed out and into warmed cars with no sign of her daughter.
"I was there to pick her up and she didn't come out of the school," Kristin Anton said. "I called her phone and it went straight to voicemail. I instantly knew something was up."
Entering the school, Kristin Anton spoke with the vice-principal who immediately checked the school's security cameras to try and locate Chloe.
"The vice-principal said she was in school all day," Kristin Anton said. "The surveillance footage showed her exiting the north side of the building opposite the parking area on foot, and after she exited the north side of the building the cameras couldn't see her anymore."
According to the mother, Chloe was last seen wearing a maroon diamond sweatshirt, black leggings and brown snow boots.
After returning home, Kristin Anton found that her daughter had packed a backpack with some clothes and hygiene products on Thursday night and secretly took them to school with her Friday morning.
"There have been lots of rumors of where she might be. Some people are saying she left town, others are saying that she's been seen in town. I don't know what to believe," she said. "She started dabbling in methamphetamines and has been using drugs, so that's a major concern that she may be in with that community."
Kristin Anton believes her daughter may have run after failing a drug test and coming up positive for methamphetamines, sparking her family to begin the process of placing her into a treatment facility.
"We were trying to place her in a treatment facility and she doesn't want to get sent away, so I think that's why she ran," she said. "I love her unconditionally and just want her to be safe."
In a public plea to her daughter, Kristin Anton shared a message for her.
"I'll never stop loving you. I just want you home and safe," she said. "Your family, brother, grandparents, we all miss you. We are all concerned."
According to police, harboring a runaway minor is a crime and could see potential accessories facing a Class A misdemeanor for hiding Chloe Anton.
The family has offered a reward for the safe return of Chloe to her home, and the Dickinson Police Department and Badland Crime Stoppers are requesting help locating the runaway teen.
If you have any information about this, you can remain anonymous using the following contact methods:
Dickinson Police Department Non-Emergency at (701)-456-7759, Badlands Crime Stoppers at (701)-840- 6108 or at email@example.com, or by using the webtips at dickinsonpd.com