PACIFICA, Calif. (Amber Lee/KTVU) - A father in Pacifica is asking for help in locating his 14-year-old daughter, who has been missing almost two months.
Tyla-Ann Placencia is a freshman, and class president, at Oceana High. Her father Aaron Placencia says he last saw her on the morning of Sept. 27 when she left home to go to school. School officials confirmed she attended that day, but she never came home.
Placencia is putting up flyers with his missing daughter's picture and description at shopping centers in Pacifica and surrounding cities.
On the morning of her disappearance, her father said he talked to her about priorities to make sure she kept up her school work. But he says they did not argue. Placencia says his daughter was running late and forgot her cell phone. When she failed to come home that day, Placencia says he went to Pacifica police.
"Human trafficking is huge. It's huge everywhere, especially here in the Bay Area. That's my biggest fear as any father. How do you sleep at night with a 14-year-old daughter, we don't know where she's at," says Placencia.
He says Tyla appeared more mature than her age and that she could pass for an 18-year-old.
She's five feet seven and weighs 127 pounds.
"Very scared. You don't know who these kids bump into after school or the types of friends they make when they go into high school," says Nancy Placencia, Tyla's stepmother.
Dad says Tyla loves clothes and makeup and would confide in him about boys.
"She's 14 years old. Somebody can take advantage of that innocent young girl inside. That's the scary part for me as a father," says Placencia.
As Placencia prepares for the upcoming holidays, he says his heart is heavy.
"It's heartbreaking. The holidays are coming. Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday. My daughter's been missing," says Placencia. The family has hired a private investigator but says there are no solid leads at this time.
Police say they're treating this case as a voluntary missing person at risk because of Tyla's age.
Police say friends have indicated that the teenager may be in San Francisco or San Mateo County, and that she may have changed her appearance.