Emotional Mother Desperate for Daughter's Return

Missing teen has not been seen since Jan. 3

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    Christine Jelinek, an at-risk teen, was reported missing by her mother at 8 a.m. on Jan. 4 , police said. The man sketched in the upper right hand corner is someone she met up with before she went missing.

    A search continues for missing 17-year-old North County girl, according to Carlsbad police.

    Christine Jelinek, an at-risk teen, was reported missing by her mother at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3.

    Emotional Mother Desperate for Daughter's Return

    [DGO] Emotional Mother Desperate for Daughter's Return
    A search continues for missing 17-year-old North County girl, according to Carlsbad police. (Published Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012)

    Police said she may be with a man between age 48 to 50, with peppered hair standing at 5' 9" and weighing 160 pounds.

    On Jan. 3 at about 11 a.m., Christine was seen at the Boxing Club located at 1691 Melrose Dr.  in the city of Vista. She then met with an unknown man at a nearby Subway.

    "It is possible that Ms. Jelinek met the (man) online,'' said Detective Damian Garcia.

    The man and Christine then went to Mariah’s Restaurant, where they spent 45 minutes. He then drove her home. The male is unknown to Christine’s parents, her associates and friends.

    It is believed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 4, that Christine left her home and has not been seen or has made contact with her family since.

    She took  pairs of jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt from the house. She may have also had eight books and possibly a Nintendo DS Play Station.

    Police said she was going on chat rooms to talk to people. She often used the name Kira Hawkins.

    Christine's mother said she tried to warn her that people on the internet aren't what they seem. Christine also ran away about four years ago when she hopped on a bus to San Fransisco because she wanted to be a writer.

    The mother fought back tears at a press conference on Wednesday as she pleaded for the public's help in finding her daughter.

    "We need all of your help to please find my daughter," said Kaitlyn Smith, Christine's mother. "Her sisters and brother and dad miss her terribly and we just want her to come home."

    Christine is 17, about 150 pounds, stands at 5'9" with shoulder length dark brown hair and brown eyes.

    The National Center for Missing Children has been notified and has activated a case as well for Christine.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carlsbad Police Department at 760-931-2223.