Police in Christianburg, Virginia, as well as members of the community, are trying to locate 16-year-old Aysia Monique Lewis. Not only is Aysia missing, police have confirmed that Lewis communicated with her suspected abductor online before she disappeared.
Aysia was last seen at Christianburg High School on Monday afternoon around 2:45 pm. Authorities believe she left school and went with Donald “Bruce” Quesenberry and the two are headed toward Florida.
Aysia, who is 5-foot-3 and approximately 160 pounds, was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black fleece jacket, a navy shirt and brown moccasins.
The Roanoke Times reported that Quesenberry, 33, was seen driving a 2002 gold Nissan Altima with Illinois license plate V975074.
Authorities have confirmed that Quesenberry and Aysia chatted online but are unsure if that is where their relationship first began.
According to Tennessee court records, Quesenberry was charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of raping a child in 2004.
He was later acquitted and his record expunged.
Police believe Aysia willingly ran away with Quesenberry after he traveled from his home in Normal, Illinois to meet her in Virginia.
The State Police issued an endangered child media alert on Wednesday stating that Aysia might be in danger of sexual exploitation. Though no one has heard from either Quesenberry or Aysia, an Amber Alert has not been issued.
Authorities said Aysia is qualified as an endangered missing person because of her age and the circumstances of her disappearance.
Quesenberry is currently charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Aysia’s parents, Brandon Lewis and Teneara Dial, released this statement to the Christianburg police.
“Aysia, we love you!! We are worried about you! We need to know that you are ok! Please come home. Call us, text us, Facebook us. Get in touch with us however you can. We will come get you no matter what, no matter where, whatever time, it doesn’t matter. Unique and Eric miss you. Unique wants to know where you are and when you are coming home.”
They also pleaded with Quesenberry to drop Aysia off somewhere safe.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Aysia’s father asked her classmates to come forward if they have any information about her disappearance. And he added:
“Even if you don’t know anything, prayer is a strong thing, we need that.”
If you or someone you know has information about Aysia or her disappearance, you can contact the Christiansburg Police Department at 540-382-3131 or the Virginia State Police at 800-822-4453 (1-800-VA-CHILD)