Monett police search for 2 missing teens
Police believe sisters may be with known gang members
An endangered missing persons advisory has been issued for two Monett teenagers believed to be runaways but may now be in danger.
According to Sgt. Jerry Harrison, with the Monett police Department, sisters Olivia Bailey, 15, and Tori Bailey, 14, both of Monett, went missing on May 24, which police and the reporting party believe was a runaway scenario.
The girls were last seen at the Monett YMCA at about 2:30 p.m., and Harrison said investigators received information on Wednesday leading them to believe the girls may be in danger.
"In the beginning, they were runaways," he said. "We're having trouble confirming the report, but us and the reporting party believe that's what happened.
"The information we are getting now suggests they are wanting to return, but are not being allowed to. And, we think they may be running with known gang members."
Harrison said the sisters and are believed to be in the Nevada or El Dorado area.
Olivia Bailey is 5-0, 105 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes, a faded tattoo on her left foot and a large tattoo on her outer right thigh that reads "5150" in letters about 5 inches tall.
Tori Bailey is 4-8, 100 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Harrison said the report falls short of qualifying for an Amber Alert, which would signify the girls were unwillingly abducted and are in immediate danger of serious injury or death.
"An endangered missing persons advisory is what we fall back to when something does not qualify for an Amber Alert," he said.
Those who think they may have seen the girls should contact Sgt. Harrison or Det. Haskins at the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241, or call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-888-635-8477.