Family Pleads for Return of Missing Special Needs Teen


Investigators are still searching for leads trying to find a 19-year-old special needs girl who vanished from her home Sunday morning.

At the time of this report, Aleah Beckerle has been missing for more than 36 hours. Her family and police say her health, and possibly her life, are on the line.

Lydia LaRue is fighting back tears in her living room at 403 East Iowa Street. Aleah Beckerle is her granddaughter.

“We go through these periods of just breaking down,” says LaRue. “But then we say ‘No, we’re not going to let that happen. We’re not going to break. We’re going to keep our hope.'”

LaRue believes someone entered the home and took Aleah from her bed, without her wheelchair or medications.

“Please whoever, if there’s anybody out there who knows anything please let us know,” she pleads. “Or if you are the person who knows and has Aleah, please return her. We need her. Have a heart.”

Family and friends huddle on the porch waiting out the rain. When it stops, they’ll take to the streets to keep searching. They’re even checking abandoned homes, back alleys and anywhere else to try and find Aleah.

“When we say her name, she will respond with a little yell or a laugh or a giggle and we just want to hear that so bad,” LaRue says through tears. “But we’re not hearing it. We’re looking through trash cans and walking through tall grass. Because we don’t want to find her [there]. But we have to do this.”

Evansville Police say investigators are at a loss. With no leads on Aleah’s whereabouts investigators are asking for help.

“The family does not know who has her, who took her or the circumstances by which she went missing,” says Captain Andy Chandler. “Please help us. Somebody out there knows. Sombody knows where she is. Somebody knows her condition. Please help us.”

Time is of the essence. Aleah needs medications to fight off grand mal seizures twice a day, or her life could be at risk.

“With somebody with this kind of a disability,” Captain Chandler explains, “Somebody that can not care for herself, can’t call out for help, it’s very very disturbing.”

Larue looks at a highlighted map on the coffee table. All the family can do is keep searching, and keep looking.

“You’ve got to have this or you’ll just sit and go stir crazy,” LaRue. “You’ll just go in circles. You’ve got to be feeling like you’re moving forward.”

Her grandmother says Aleah is about 4′ 10″ tall and weighs about 90 lbs. She has to be carried anywhere she goes.

If you have any information at all about Aleah’s whereabouts please contact the Evansville Police Department, or the We-Tip Hotline at the numbers below.

Evansville Police Department: (812)436-7896

We-Tip Hotline: 1(800)78-CRIME

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