Missing Ridgecrest teenager Megan Gravener -- who is bipolar -- talked to her family Sunday and said “she’s not coming back,” according to Megan’s mother, Jennifer Gravener.
Missing Ridgecrest teenager Megan Gravener talked to her family Sunday and said “she’s not coming back,” according to Megan’s mother, Jennifer Gravener.
Megan left her brother David a message on his cell phone Sunday night.
“She told my son that she’s not coming back and to tell everyone that she loves them and to tell me that she’s sorry but she’s not coming back,” Jennifer Gravener said.
The Ridgecrest Police Department is working with AT&T to trace the call that came from a blocked number, according to Gravener.
Megan, a 15-year-old Burroughs High School student, was last seen by her family on the night of Sept. 1. Until Sunday’s phone call, they had not heard from her since Sept. 2. She is blond, blue-eyed, 5’5” tall and weighs 130 pounds.
She is also “severely bipolar” and has been off her medication for quite some time.
“It’s almost like this alter ego comes out,” Gravener said.
Gravener originally thought Megan had quit taking her medication about 10 days ago, until friends of Megan told Gravener that she had been throwing up her pills for months.
“It would explain her behavior over the last few months,” which has been “steadily declining,” Gravener said.
The Gravener family has been using a MySpace account to receive tips from Megan’s friends. The account was recently altered, and Megan sent her family messages.
“Someone with computer access is harboring her, and they know that she’s underage,” Gravener said.
In the message, Megan said: “I have to leave.”
“She said that she’s going to disappear from the face of the planet,” Gravener said. “That she will be here, but she won’t be here. Very cryptic.”
Gravener said she has “every reason to believe that (Megan) is still in the area,” because people reported sightings of Megan with two teenage boys on as Sunday near Buttermilk Acres in Inyokern, but they fear she may flee soon.
Officer Ryan Marrone said the RPD is “actively looking” for Megan and the investigation remains ongoing.
“We’re still following leads and just getting more and more leads from people each day,” Marrone said.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Department said the RPD has not asked for their assistance.
“We can’t discount anything, we’re being sent all over this city,” Gravener said of the family’s search efforts. “But now Megan herself knows that the whole city is searching for her.”
Ridgecrest Daily Independent