Family and friends of Dunsmuir’s Victoria Lara are beside themselves with worry as they haven’t seen or heard from the 15 year-old since Thursday evening, Feb. 9.
“(Victoria) messaged her mom at 4 p.m. to say she was walking to a friend’s house” from her home on Shasta Avenue, said Victoria’s aunt, Sherry White. “No one has had any communication with her since.”
Victoria takes daily medication and has none of the medication with her, said White.
Victoria’s mother, Amanda Pfannenftiel, said she believes her daughter was spotted in Chico on Saturday. She said Victoria approached a woman asking for assistance, acting disoriented and using the name Jessica. The woman said Victoria claimed to be older than 15 and was acting dishonestly. The woman didn’t know Victoria was a missing person but later posted Victoria's photo on Facebook, asking if anyone could identify her.
Pfanenftiel doesn’t know where Victoria went from the woman’s home in Chico – or how she ended up 122 miles south of home with no money – but the tip is “all I’ve been waiting on,” she said. As of Tuesday afternoon, Pffanenftiel was packing to go to Chico to put up flyers and search for her daughter.
Victoria has not logged onto Facebook or any other social media since Thursday, said White. She has a phone that allows her to message only when connected to wi-fi, but that hasn’t been used as far as the family can tell. “It’s very unusual for her to be completely off of social media, and to not contact anyone,” White said.
Victoria is an Independent Study student at Dunsmuir High School. She is five feet, six inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She doesn’t have any tattoos but does have pierced ears. Victoria has a slight scar on her upper arm, and may be wearing jean leggings and a tank top with a black zip-up coat with fur around the hood.
If you see Victoria, call the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department dispatch at (530) 841-2900. You may also contact Victoria’s family by calling (530) 500-1507 or (530) 925-6867.