Despite hundreds of public tips, a teen from Nanaimo, B.C. has still not been located, and police believe she may be "in the company" of a 53-year-old man.
Makayla Chang, 16, was last seen in Nanaimo on March 17, according to an updated RCMP bulletin last week. Investigators said she may be with Steven Michael Bacon.
On Sunday, RCMP searched the ravine and park area around Colliery Dam as part of being "thorough" in their investigation, but did not disclose any other details, reported Global News.
Makayla Chang, left, was last seen on March 17 in Nanaimo, B.C. Police believe she may be with Steven Bacon, right.
Vivian Larsen, who knows both of them, told CHEK News that Bacon wanted to adopt Chang. "I've known this man for years and he wouldn't harm a hair on that girl's head," she said.
Chang's grandmother had been raising her since she was three years old, reported CHEK. Dolly Chang told the outlet that the teen lied about staying with friends off and on in the past two months, when she was really staying at Bacon's home.
Bacon's daughter, Allison Bacon, said her father used to call her "baby bird" — and had been calling Chang by that nickname, according to the Times Colonist. She added that she's concerned Bacon is not mentally stable.
Description of missing teen
Chang, who also goes by the names Kayla or Finn, is part Asian and part white, has piercings in her lip and above her lip. She is 5'1" tall, 110 pounds and has short dyed red hair. The teen also wears wigs, and may dress as a male at times, said police.
Bacon is described as 5'10" tall and 209 pounds. He has a short, white, buzz-cut hairstyle, and a thick, white goatee, as well as a teardrop tattoo under his left eye, and a tattoo on the back of his right hand.
If you have information about Chang's disappearance, you can call Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers via text 274637, or by calling 1-800-222-8477.
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