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Social media and runaways

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Police use social media to find people while others use it as an escape.

Tonight Fox 26 has learned how the number of run away cases are up in Harris

County and Facebook and Twitter may have something to do with it. The latest

case is out of Kingwood, Carrie Cossey is 15 and left home about a week ago.

"We're very faithful people... we go to Second Baptist" says Michelle Cossey, but tonight she and her husband

along with her other kids find themselves at a vigil. All are praying and hoping their daughter returns home.

Carrie Cossey, who's favorite color is blue was last seen Thursday (6/25).

"It makes me sad cause I just think you know she looked lonely first off sitting there," Carrie's mother

is referring to a cell phone photo. It's the last one taken seconds before the 15 year old took off with "someone"

who police believe was a person she'd met on Facebook.

"Both of the accounts they said were deactivated cause they can't access them anymore" says Michelle Cossey

who confirmed her daughter had been interacting with someone by the name of Travis Wills on facebook.

But, given the young girl was described as a typical teenager, Cossey admits she struggled to monitor her daughter

every online friend. "We had taken her ipod from her, we didn't want her talking to anyone for a while because we felt

that she needed to just kind of be with the family" Cossey admits, not even a few days later Carrie was back on-line.

And according to the Harris County Sheriff's offices these type of cases are becoming all too common to investigators

"Maybe they're having a problem with there parents they find a comforting ear with somebody and before you know

it.... what we're concerned about is that person they're meeting might no necessarily be good for them." That's

Cossey's biggest fear along with all the friends and family of Carrie. "Social media makes it so easy for these kids to

go undetected and you cant see there stuff and we need to have more access, im sorry they make it for 13 year olds....?"

asks Cossey.

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