15-year-old Cadillac girl missing, parents looking for help

Leah Scanlon, 15, of Cadillac has gone missing and her parents are looking for help finding her. She was last seen wearing a gray Northface jacket and black Nike high top shoes. She is described as having long blonde hair, blue eyes, 5-foot, 8-inches tall and about 150 pounds.

CADILLAC — A parent's worst nightmare came true for a Cadillac couple while they were on vacation.  

Now Luke and Heidi Scanlon are rushing back to Northern Michigan after they have been unable to contact their 15-year-old daughter.

Leah Jo Scanlon, 15, was last seen around 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, near Leeson Avenue by a neighbor who was staying with the girl while her parents took a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

She was last seen wearing a gray North Face jacket and black Nike high-top shoes. She is described as having long blonde hair, blue eyes, is 5-foot, 8-inches tall and about 150 pounds.

The Scanlons had just touched ground Friday morning in Grand Rapids and were headed back to Cadillac to continue the search. Luke said during a phone call Friday, police have been notified and a report was initiated.

Wexford County Sheriff Trent Taylor confirmed his office was contacted and while the initial investigation does not indicate there was any foul play, the sheriff's office is treating the missing teen as if she is in danger. Taylor said because they don't know much, they are erring on the side of caution. He added that Leah was entered into the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network system and local law enforcement, as well as agencies from surrounding counties, were notified she is missing. 

In a release from the Wexford County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon, police said they were contacted shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday about the missing teen. The sheriff's department along with the Cadillac Michigan State Police Post and Cadillac City Police are working in conjunction to locate the teen or obtain information about her whereabouts.

Luke said he and his wife, Heidi, have contacted all of their daughter's friends and parents that they know, but that has not turned up any leads. Leah is a homeschool student.

"We grilled every friend we know and their parents, and nothing," he said.

Luke said there was no note left by Leah, and she left her purse and house keys, but her coat and shoes were gone. All they know is they want her back and are offering a reward of $10,000 for information about her whereabouts that leads to her return.

"Please call and let us know you are OK," Luke said about his daughter. "Her mom and dad love her very much, and we are very worried." 

As of late Friday afternoon, the Scanlons were back in Cadillac and had no updates regarding their daughter's location. They did, however, meet with police, Luke said. 

Friday afternoon, the Michigan State Police also issued an Endangered Missing Advisory in hopes of media sources releasing information about the missing teen. 

Those with information are asked to call the Wexford County Sheriff's Office from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (231) 779-9216 option 1. After hours or on weekends, contact Wexford County Central Dispatch at (231) 779-9211 or MSP Gaylord Area Regional Dispatch at 800-824-7053.

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