Family of Missing Arizona 12-Year-Old Make Desperate Plea for Her Return

The family of a missing 12-year-old in Arizona are growing increasingly concerned for her safety.

Betty Taylor from Safford, Arizona, went missing on March 20 around 11 a.m.

Her family said Taylor leaving their Thunderbird Mobile Home Park to go for walks was not unusual for the adventurous and nature-loving girl.

When Taylor did not return by 6 p.m. her family grew concerned and alerted the Graham County Sheriff's Office.

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Following her disappearance, the Graham County Sheriff's Office posted a missing child poster on its Facebook page.

"Betty Taylor was last seen on Sunday 3/20.22 around 11 am in Thunderbird Mobile Home Park." the missing poster read.

"If you have any information regarding Betty or her whereabouts, please contact Graham County Sheriff's Office."

The poster also showed pictures of Taylor and said she was last seen wearing a black sweater with white lettering and blue jeans.

She is also five foot five, 135 lb with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Another poster was also shared on social media, this time made by Kansas Missing and Unsolved Facebook group.

The poster claimed that Taylor was originally from Kansas but noted it is not clear whether she was intending to return to the state. It also claimed she still has family who live in the state. The poster closed by saying anyone with information should contact Graham County, Arizona Sheriff's Office at 928-428-3141

Taylor's family has spoken about the difficult situation they are faced with but have also said they remain optimistic.

"It was a red flag. And that's why we said something so quickly. Maybe she walked off and got lost. Maybe she went for a walk and somebody swiped her up," Taylor's mother, Bonnie Jones, said of her disappearance.

"Considering she didn't take clothes or anything like that I really feel like it wasn't a planned thing for her.

"My faith is strong. It's not going to be shaken. Wherever she is she's alright and she's safe and she will come home. We're going to find you."

Betty Taylor's cousins, Victoria Taylor and Renee Smith, also issued messages to the missing child.

"With her being gone, it really hurts, Victoria Taylor said. "She is very much loved and very missed," Smith added.

Betty Taylor's uncle simply said: "We love you. Come home."

Another search is scheduled in Safford on Saturday and is welcome to anyone who would like to help.

Newsweek has contacted the Graham County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Missing child
Arizona 12-year-old Betty Taylor has been missing since March 20. Her family have issued messages of love hoping she returns home. Graham County Sheriff's Office

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