Cecil Daily is not sleeping much, wondering where his developmentally challenged teen daughter is after she disappeared more than two days ago.
He was at work Tuesday afternoon when 16-year-old Kimmie Daily hopped on a green BMX bicycle, promising her grandma that she would return to their South Hill house by 3 p.m.
Kimmie still hasn’t come home.
“Right now, I’m thinking something has happened,” said her father, who said he raised her as a single parent. “I’m trying to hold up. The more time goes on, the harder it is.”
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department continued its search for the teen Thursday, covering a 3-square-mile area around the family’s home on 106th Avenue Court East .
About 40 search-and-rescue volunteers knocked on doors, her friends passed out fliers, four canine teams were deployed and various aircraft scoured open fields for any sign of Kimmie.
A call went out to thousands of residents, notifying them of the missing girl and asking for any information.
Daily walked the streets until 3 a.m. the night his daughter didn’t come home, slept fitfully for a while and rose again at 6 a.m. to keep looking.
Now, he is leaving the search to the professionals and holding vigil at home.
“I’m trying to stay here for her to be coming home,” Daily said. “I’m trying to hold out hope.”
Kimmie did not take extra clothes, money or her wallet . She has no history of running away and has never been in trouble.
Her family says she operates at about the mental level of a 9-yearold.
She briefly visited a friend’s house two blocks away on Tuesday morning and was supposed to be returning there when she left home about 1 p.m.
Neighbors spotted her riding her bike about that time, but Kimmie has not been seen since.
“She very well could be a runaway, but based on her being special-needs, we don’t think she is,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Blair. “My hope is that she’s staying with a friend and doesn’t realize she’s missing.”
There is no evidence of foul play.
Janis Hardy, a volunteer with the Northwest Bloodhounds Search and Rescue, said she hopes using dogs will narrow the search area.
She and her bloodhound, Follie, walked more than 3 miles Thursday looking for any scent of Kimmie. Hardy is using an eyeshadow brush from the missing teen’s makeup bag as a “scent article” for the bloodhound to track.
After walking a 100-foot stretch on a Puyallup street where somebody reported seeing Kimmie early Thursday, Follie sniffed for several moments, then stopped.
“There’s nothing here,” Hardy said.
Kimmie is 4-feet-9, weighs 100 pounds and has short brown hair and brown eyes. She last was seen wearing a light blue T-shirt and “Spider-man” shorts colored red, white and blue. She may have had a red backpack.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911.