After seven days of silence, family heard from a missing teen on Friday, but their hearts are still heavy as they don’t know where she is. Shaina Hauter, a native of East Bridgewater, has been missing for more than a week. A description given on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website lists her as 4-feet-11 and 100 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.
This extremely bizarre case has police from all over Massachusetts searching for the teen. Hauter is believed to have run away, but other details surrounding her disappearance were unavailable Despite receiving several tips about Hauter’s possible whereabouts, the girl remained missing as of Saturday evening. One of the tips, which was also reported to The Enterprise, came from Nashua, New Hampshire. Prior to her disappearance, Hauter was an honor student at East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading team.
Members of the distraught family were quick to point out that they provided her “with everything she ever could have needed or wanted”, according to the Brockton Enterprise.
Anne Hauter, Shaina’s aunt told The Enterprise on Saturday afternoon that her niece called home briefly on Friday, but did not say who she was with or exactly where she was.
“She called her grandmother yesterday and promised to call her everyday,” Hauter said. “She’s calling from a restricted number, I imagine secretly. All she told my mother is that she is in Massachusetts, which we aren’t sure what to believe, and that she’s OK.”
The family notified area police departments about the call.
“She loves her cheerleading,” Hauter said. “She’s a straight A student, she does very well. She has a wonderful home life.”
Shaina’s aunt said that the missing teen’s parents and other family members are distraught. While they are happy to hear from her, they still fear for her safety.
“We’re all devastated, we’re flipping out,” Hauter said. “She’s just a child, she’s a baby.”