MEDFIELD — Fighting back tears, the mother of a missing Medfield teenager offered a plea Wednesday to the unidentified man who left the local public library with her daughter two days earlier.
“Whoever you are, could you please just bring her home to us today?” Maureen Thompson, the mother of 17-year-old Brittany Thompson, said at a press conference at the town police station. “I want her to sleep in her own bed tonight.”
Medfield Police Chief Robert Meaney told reporters that Thompson, who has developmental issues, left the Medfield Public Library with the man at about 4:15 p.m. on Monday.
“Both of them appeared to know each other,” Meaney said, adding that Thompson apparently left with the man voluntarily.
The chief added, “We have concerns about the situation, since Brittany has some issues that impact her ability to make safe decisions.” Neither Meaney nor Thompson’s parents provided details about her issues.
Meaney described the man as heavyset, between 5 foot 8 and 5 foot 10 with dark hair, wearing a black T-shirt that said “Sons of Anarchy” and “Fear the Reaper,” with a picture of the grim reaper surrounded by flames.
Thompson is 5 foot 6 and weighs 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red sleeveless top with jeans and flip-flops. She also has braces.
Meaney said the man is not known to have committed any crimes, and the case is not being treated as an abduction.
State and Medfield police are asking the public to be on the lookout for an older model blue or green minivan or sport utility vehicle.
The statement called for special attention in Medfield and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Thompson’s father, Michael, held a picture of her during the press conference and said, “Our daughter Brittany is a very loving, caring, trusting 17-year-old girl.” He said Brittany is planning to attend college next year.
She attends the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin.
“Regardless of how she left [the library], whether she left voluntarily or not, there’s no doubt in my mind, because she’s never done this before, that she is under duress at the moment and is not able to leave voluntarily,” he said.
“Brittany, if you’re listening and you’re able to contact us in any way, please do,” Michael Thompson said.
Meaney said police believe Thompson and the man met online and arranged to meet at the library. A video surveillance clip shows the man entering the library as Brittany walks toward him. They immediately exit the library, with Thompson directly behind the man.
Officials urged anyone with information to call State Police at 508-820-2121.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.