Family: Teen last seen with strangers in south suburban home

HAZEL CREST, Ill. — Family members are asking for help locating a 16-year-old girl last seen Friday in her south suburban home, after they say she disappeared with two acquaintances and her brother's car.

Hazel Crest Police are investigating the disappearance of Alexia (Lexi) Brunner as a runaway, but her family believes she may have run into people that don’t have her best interest at heart.

"She’s not the kind of kid to do this, she doesn’t leave the house , she’s always home with family , we always do everything together," said her mom, Jennifer Harmon.

Lexi was last seen Friday at her Hazel Crest home with two strangers, a female and a male who were with her when she picked up her younger brother from school.

"They came back to the house, he went into his room to play, she was with them when my older son come home, he said there was a girl in the house with her," Harmon said. "His two sons got dropped off, he went to check on them, and when he walked back into the room she was gone."

Also gone was her older brothers' car, a gold 2000 Ford Taurus.

Harmon says she argued with her daughter over the phone just before she disappeared. Then she says Lexi hung up on her after she told her she would be punished for having strangers in the house.

"I don’t know if the two people who were with her took her and the car," Harmon said. "I’m more scared than anything, I just want my daughter to come home again."

Photos of Alexia (Lexi) Brunner provided by family

No one in her large extended family has talked to her and she hasn’t been active on social media, but Hazel Crest Police say they don’t believe she was forcibly taken.

Gia Wright, the founder of the Missing Persons Awareness Network, has a message for whoever Lexi may be with.

"I implore you to bring her back exactly the way you found her," Wright said.

Lexi’s grandmother drove down from Wisconsin to help with the search for her only granddaughter.

Because her case is classified as a runaway, it doesn’t meet the guidelines for an Amber Alert. But under a new alert system developed by Gia Wright for the Missing Persons Awareness Network, people can sign up to receive missing person’s alerts issues by the group. That system goes online January 15.

Lexi is described as a teenage white female, standing 5'5" and weighing approximately 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing glasses, dark blue skinny jeans, a gray sweatshirt, and black and white Vans when she went missing. The missing car is described as a gold 2000 Ford Taurus, with the license plate AT63214.

Anyone with information is asked to contact East Hazel Crest Police at 708-798-2186 or leave an anonymous tips with Cook County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-7867.

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