News Missing 14-Year-Old Girl Reportedly Headed to Ikkicon (Update 2)
posted on 2009-02-05 19:40 EST
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that 14-year-old Deborah Kalai Fourzan (pictured at right) disappeared on Monday from her hometown of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, and "is believed to be traveling to California with James Reimer," a man (pictured below) who also lives in Oklahoma. According to the KVUE television station in Texas, investigators learned from Fourzan's schoolmates that the two "were heading to various anime conventions en-route to California." The two are reportedly first heading to the Ikkicon anime convention, which takes place at the Austin Hilton Hotel in Texas from February 6 to 9. The NCMEC is asking for the public's help in finding Fourzan and Reimer.
Fourzan was last seen when she was dropped off for school on Monday morning. She is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has blue eyes, pierced ears, and a birthmark on the back of her arm, but the NCMEC says that she may dye her blonde hair black. Reimer, who goes by his nickname Jim, was also last seen on Monday. The 40-year-old is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, and a beard, but he may shave his beard off.
Authorities advise anyone who sees the two individuals to not approach them, but to contact the Austin Police Department. A felony warrant is on file for Reimer.
Update: The KOCO television station in Oklahoma City provides additional information. Thanks, Aaron H. Bynum.
Update 2: Fourzan's mother, Crystal Vanbuskirk, told The Oklahoman newspaper that Fourzan left home with a black backpack filled with anime costumes. Tecumseh police believe that the two missing individuals are in a '90s white Mercury Cougar with front-end damage.
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