My Daughter is Missing

Yesterday my daughter ran away to chase her dream (being a rock star) even though she can’t sing or play. She’s barely fifteen, and apparently she’s headed to California. All her friends seem as surprised as I am.

All I can think is she found a “helpful” new friend who offered to get her to California. I’m so scared I can barely see straight.


This is Hope, picking out a $40 pumpkin. Click on any picture to see it better.


Here she is on our way to DisneyWorld last year.

Hamming for the camera

Here she is with Wendy and Richard Pini a couple years ago.

Wendy and Richard Pini with my daughter

Hair color, obviously, subject to change. When last I saw her it was black, with brown roots. She had cut it herself. She has gauges in both ears. She may be carrying a full-size acoustic guitar with a neckstrap I crocheted for her.


It’s been thirty-six hours. Her phone is off, and she hasn’t checked her Facebook though her iPod is capable.

Dear God, just bring her home safe.

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11 comments on “My Daughter is Missing
  1. Bea says:

    Oh gods, KD. I don’t even know what to say. Signal boosting and vibing safety. I’ll get her added to mom and sister’s prayer lists. *so many hugs*

  2. Provide More Information says:

    If you’re serious about getting your daughter found, you need provide her name, age, and the phone number for the police station where where you filed the missing persons report.

    • KD says:

      Hope Crotwell, 15, 520-791-4444. Officer Kinkade took the report. Though they tell me that she’s in the national database and calling ANY police department will suffice.

  3. Christina Vella says:

    I’m in California. I’ll repost on my FB and keep an eye out.

  4. deeniefoo says:

    Oh, HELL, KD. I’m sending positive thoughts your way for her to be found quickly and safely!! Hang in there and let me know if there is anything I can do.

  5. Mel says:

    A friend brought this to my attention. All the best wishes for her safe and speedy return.

  6. heatherface says:

    A friend linked me here because I’m in Los Angeles. I’ll keep an eye open for your daughter. She might end up panhandling in Santa Monica or Hollywood, so I’ll keep an eye out for her face and a crocheted guitar strap.

  7. KD says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your kind words and your sharp eyes. She is still not home, but it gives me comfort to see how the word is spreading.

  8. ianmdudley says:

    I hope she is found and home soon. You’re both in my thoughts.

  9. Ms. Ray says:

    I am reblogging this and I have posted on my personal FB page. Since I work for a rock magazine and have music contacts in the Hollywood / LA area, it should help. Goddess bless you my friend!! We’ll find her. Strength and love to you. )O(

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