DETROIT (WJBK) - A family is desperate to find a 14-year-old girl missing in Detroit after she didn't come home from school last week.
The sinking feeling of the unknown haunts the family of Mikalia Mitchell, who her mother says hasn't been seen or heard from in over a week.
"I just want to know that my child is OK," said her mother, Lisa Starkey. "I just want to know that she's alive."
Lisa lives on Hawthorne on Detroit's east side. Her daughter had been attending summer school at Benjamin Carson High School for the last month.
"I enrolled her in the recovery program so she can recover those grades and return to the10th grade with a clean slate," Lisa said.
Mikalia had been going every day, walking a block down to take the bus at Hawthorne and East State Fair.
But Lisa says last Monday, she didn't get home until almost midnight.
"I went to talk to her but she was asleep, and then when I woke up the next morning she was gone," she said.
Lisa quickly called Mikalia on her cell phone, asking her where she was.
"She said, 'Mom I'm right here, I'm getting off the bus. I'm about to walk down Mack. I'll be at school. I said are you coming straight home from school? She said yes," Lisa said.
Mikalia was seen at school but hasn't been seen since.
"I called her and called her and called her no answer. I text her, text her and no answer at all," Lisa said. "I've been doing this every day."
The family has filed a report with Detroit police and they are reaching out to friends with no luck.
"I'm sad," said her older brother Deandre. "It's stressful. I'm just lost. I don't know what to do without my sister."
Mikalia's mother says she was last seen wearing black pants, a royal blue shirt with her school emblem on it and pink, gray and black shoes.
"We hug each other every day. And no hugs. There's no hey brother," Deandre said.
Mikalia's family says she's never run away like this before.
Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately at (313) 267-4600.