Robertson Co. Deputies Search For Teen Runaways

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 23:49:14-05

Officials with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public's help in their search for two missing teens, who reportedly ran away from home.

Kayla Ward, 17, and Brooke Ward, 14, were said to have run away from home on the night of January 11. They were last seen at their home on Highway 76 just outside of Springfield.

Lisa and Todd Ward woke up the following morning and found hand-written letters in the girls' bedroom. They also realized the girls had jumped out of their bedroom window.

Lisa recalled what part of the letter said which suggested someone else may be involved with their girls' disappearance.

"Brooke wrote it. 'Please don't ever give up on us like most parents do' and it said hope, faith, trust, love. And the second note said that they were going to a place, she didn't know where but that the person would, they would take care of them and that just please pray for her," Lisa said.

Officials initially said they didn't believe the two were in any imminent danger but their parents are desperately hoping to bring the girls back home because both have been diagnosed with mental health disorders.

Lisa said both have run away a few times before but never longer than a few hours. 

She said both girls did not have the best experiences in and out of foster care prior to getting adopted and they may be looking for their biological mother.

Anyone with information about where they could be were asked to call local law enforcement or the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-384-4911. 

The two teens were featured on a 20/20 investigation about foster kids being over prescribed and overmedicated.