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Mother searches for missing teenage daughter with epilepsy

Posted at 8:42 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 14:54:13-04

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky (WTVF) — UPDATE: Silvana Juarez was located safe in Nashville on May 29.

Original story below.

A mother is frantically looking for her teenage daughter with epilepsy who has been missing for five days.

Silvana Juarez, 14, was last seen Friday morning at her home in Hopkinsville. She disappeared without taking her phone, purse or daily epilepsy medication.

“She knows she has to have that medication,” said Kristina Hernandez, Silvana’s mother. “If she goes without medication she could have a grand mal seizure and without medical attention, she could die.”

Hernandez has been spending hours each day handing out fliers with Silvana’s picture. She hopes someone will recognize the photo or come forward with information.

“Please help me find my baby,” Hernandez said as she choked back tears. “She is sick. She needs help.”

Investigators from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office have learned Silvana was using the dating app Badoo. Based on recent phone calls and text messages from her phone, officers believe she could be in the Nashville area.

Hernandez fears she went to meet someone she communicated with through the app. She said Silvana is quiet and shy, and it is unlike her to just disappear.

“She wouldn’t just run away,” said Hernandez. “She would call me and say ‘mama, there is something wrong.’”

A family member also snapped a photo of an unfamiliar green Honda that had been spotted driving around Silvana’s Hopkinsville home multiple times over the last month. The car was reported to local investigators.

Silvana has brown eyes and brown hair. She is 5’3” and weighs 152 pounds.

Christian County investigators have been working with authorities from Davidson County on the case. They said according to Kentucky State Police, who process and issue Amber Alerts for the state, this case did not qualify for an alert.

Anyone with information is urged to call Christian County Dispatch at 270-890-1300.