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EXCLUSIVE: Clark County Mom Begs for Missing Daughter's Return
CLARK COUNTY -- SPRINGFIELD -- Deputies say they are looking for Mark Edwards, 44, and Michaela Bruce, 14, who disappeared from her home Tuesday night. Michaela's mom Tammy Bruce has been encouraging her daughter to let this relationship go for the last five months.
Tammy was the one who called 911 Tuesday night after she realized Michaela wasn't home. Michaela claimed to be going to a friend's house, but she never showed up there.
"I just want my baby back home safe," said Tammy. "I want a call from the sheriff's department saying we have her."
Tammy Bruce didn't get much sleep last night after she realized her teen daughter is yet again with Edwards.
"They were in a vehicle that was in a high-speed chase, he blew a tire and they fled on foot," said Bruce. "Now, my daughter is out there somewhere with this man and I don't know what's going through his head."
Despite having a wife and kids including a teenage daughter, Tammy says Edwards was in a relationship with Michaela for about two years before he was busted last September. He was scheduled to go to trial for that on Tuesday.
"The way I see it, he figured I might as well just go now. What have I got to lose? And he's got my baby girl," said Tammy.
Tammy says they were good friends with Edwards' family.
"Mark and I were fishing partners," she said. "Sometimes the kids would go; his wife would go. I felt betrayed by her too. She was my friend. I trusted them with my precious jewel. And the whole time they weren't protecting her."
Now, her entire family has protection orders against Edwards. Still, Michaela claimed to love Edwards and Tammy believes they were somehow still in contact.
"She would say 'Mom you can drop the charges,' and I said 'No I can't.' I had to take her out of school. She does schooling online at home and the only thing I can think is he got to her through Facebook," said Tammy.
Regardless, now, it's just about getting her home.
"I love you buggy," Tammy said as a message to Michaela. "Get to a phone, call mommy. Call 911 they will get you, they will bring you home."
When we talked to the family in September they told us they had suspicions and regretted not being more discerning about Edwards.
If you see Michaela Bruce or Mark Edwards, don't approach them, just call police.
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