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Missing teen sends chilling messages before disappearance

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A local mother is desperately searching for clues in her daughter's disappearance.

It's been two weeks since Anji Dean walked out of her Camas home.

"It's horrible. It's horrible," said Lynda Jorgensen, Dean's mother. "She was running because she was scared. We don't even know who she was scared of."

She thinks it was fear that forced her daughter out the front door of her home and into a potentially dangerous situation.

"It's awful, and it's been awful for two weeks now, not knowing where she is, if she's OK, if she's safe," Jorgensen said.

She said her 17-year-old has never run away. That's what initially appeared to have happened on the night of June 23, but when her mom couldn't find her and Dean didn't come home, other clues pointed to something much worse.

"We've had a lot of little red flags that we just assumed were something else that now we're now being told are all the telltale signs of her being lured," Jorgensen said.

The teen sent messages to her boyfriend. One said "I've been in something for a long time and I haven't told you." Another said, "They were going to kill you and my family."

She also left a binder with three letters addressed to family.

"The first letter said, ‘If you're reading this, I'm missing or dead,'" her mom said.

It was signed by the teen and read, "When or if you find me, I'll be all used up or dead."

"She didn't finish the conversation, so no one could investigate her concerns of someone out to get her," said Michelle Bart with the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation.

Bart has worked on many cases like this one, and she said the teen mentioned to adults that something was wrong but didn't elaborate. She said it's not unusual for predators to lure girls into trafficking by using threats.

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"Ultimately, she still didn't feel safe enough and walked out the front door," Bart said.

For her family, every day since has been about trying to bring her home.

"Everybody is scared to death for her safety," Jorgensen said. "Whatever she's gotten involved in, we can help her. There are lots of people out there pulling for her."

Anyone with information on the case or who sees Dean should call Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The teen is believed to still be in the Vancouver or Portland area.

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