San Ramon police say they have information that shows a missing 14-year-old girl planned her disappearance and has been with a “specific person” since she vanished more than a week ago.
Taylor Cusick was last seen at a friend's home in the Lakes at Crow Canyon housing development in San Ramon about 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, said her mother, Jeanette Cusick.
She left the home abruptly that night, saying another friend was in a “crisis,’’ her mother said. Taylor’s jogging pants, hoodie and sandals were found near the home later that night, her mother said.
Police, who are investigating the teen’s disappearance as a “runaway juvenile,” say they do not suspect foul play. Still, they have six detectives actively working the case, said San Ramon police Sgt. Nathan Jones.
“Our detectives are out looking for her today in fact,’’ Jones said Tuesday.
Jones said he could not elaborate about the “specific person” police believe Taylor is with because it could jeopardize the department’s ongoing investigation. Jones also said police are also limited in what they can tell the public because Taylor is a juvenile.
Jones on Tuesday said investigators are pursuing every lead that comes their way.
Additionally, police have sent fliers about the missing girl to law enforcement agencies statewide and interviewed family members and “several friends” about Taylor’s unexplained disappearance.
Jones said investigators have also checked Taylor’s social media accounts and cell phone records, which show neither have been used since she went missing eight days ago.
“It is a priority for us,’’ Jones said. “We have done everything that we can at this point.”
The teen’s mother does not agree.
“I do believe there is foul play involved,’’ the girl’s mother said. “None of this is making any sense. She is too used to luxuries of San Ramon and her life to do something like this.”
Last Sunday, Cusick organized a team of about 50 volunteers to search San Ramon and Danville neighborhoods as well as the Iron Horse Trail because police have not organized a search party. Jones said police don’t have a logical starting point for such a search and police dogs wouldn’t have a scent to follow.
Cusick also faults San Ramon police for not alerting the community sooner about her daughter’s disappearance.
Cusick posted a message about the teen's disappearance on her personal Facebook page the day after the girl went missing. The message has been shared nearly 400,000 times and more than 30,000 people have added comments to the post.
San Ramon police posted a message about Taylor’s disappearance on their Facebook page three days after the girl disappeared.
In part, the message says: “While there is no indication of foul play involved in Taylor’s disappearance, members of the San Ramon Police Department are very concerned about Taylor’s health and well-being.” That post has been shared about 1,100 times.