Search continues for missing teen believed to be with 30-year-old man

Courtesy: The Key family

WHITE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An Endangered Child Alert remains in effect for a Middle Tennessee teenager who is believed to be with a 30-year-old man ordered by law to stay away from her.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued the alert late Saturday night for 17-year-old Sarah Key who lives in White County.

Her father, Scott Key, told News 2 that Sarah was discovered missing on Friday morning.

“My wife had went in there to wake her up and she wasn’t there,” he recalled.

Courtesy: The Key family

On Monday, a spokesperson with the White County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is also involved in the investigation, but would not provide a reason.

According to the missing girl’s father, it’s because the 30-year-old man was involved in an “incident” with his daughter last month in DeKalb County.

“I had found papers with his name on them that she had written. I had found an ID of his in her billfold,” Scott Key said. “The male lives in Wilson County, and we were told by a friend of hers that she was looking for a ride to get to that vicinity about a day or two prior to her taking off.”

According to Key, his daughter only took her cell phone but left behind the rest of her belongings.

“If she is with this guy, I just wish he would step back and look at this big picture, and I wonder how would he feel if he had a minor daughter with somebody his age or older. Would he like that?” he said.

Sarah Key is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 130 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the White County Sheriff’s Office at 931-738-7114, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 615-597-4043 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.