Family says missing Chicago teen was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live

Posted at 9:12 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 12:57:31-04

Note to readers: The missing teen in this story has since been found. PIX11 has removed her image and name from this story, as the station does not identify possible sex assault victims. Click here to read the updated story. 

CHICAGO – Police are investigating after the family of a missing Chicago teen says she was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live, according to WGN.

Family members and friends of the 15-year-old say they saw her on a video being sexually assaulted by several boys.

Her mother says she’s distraught and worried because it’s been more than 24 hours since she last saw her daughter. The Lane Tech High School freshman left home Sunday afternoon to go to the store and never came back.

“I just want her home,” the mother said. “I just want to make sure she’s OK because I know she’s probably scared and embarrassed.  I just want her back home.”

Monday morning, the mother said her worry turned to fear for her daughter’s safety after the teen’s uncle called to tell her to say the teen was the subject of a Facebook Live video. The mother believes her daughter was being sexually assaulted in the video.

Facebook has since taken down the video, but the mother showed WGN News four screens grabs that are too graphic for TV.  She also showed them to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson as he was leaving a press conference at the 10th district.

“What’s even more disturbing – more than the fact that they did this – (is that) there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911,” Johnson told WGN.  “That’s just not right and (we’re) working on it and try to bring it to a successful resolution.”

Detectives are now trying to track down the owner of the Facebook page and the others in the video.   The teen has disappeared once before but her mother says she was found later that day in a neighborhood park.

Anyone with any information about her is asked to contact Chicago police.