PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich., (WXYZ) - Plymouth Township Police need your help finding a 15-year-old girl who has run away with a 37-year-old man.
Emily Lalinsky and Robert Messer were last seen on Sunday in Northville Township. The couple left a note behind, expressing their love for one another.
The letter was written by both Messer and Lalinsky. The addressed each of their family members with special messages and then said goodbye in the note.
In one section, Lalinsky wrote: "Try not to be sad and don’t blame yourself. Nothing could be done I love you.” It was addressed to her mother, Lisa Schwartz.
Messer left his family behind, including his own son.
They also left behind their phones and police say they have no money.
According to Schwartz, Messer, who the family called Bob, had been a family friend for years.
“I trusted him,” said Schwartz. “My whole family trusted him. My daughter trusted him. Bob was always like a brother to me. Emily doesn’t have a dad, so she always looked up to Bob as a dad, as a father figure. They’re both very introverted. They both love photography and they both love hiking.”
Schwartz, a mother of six, just recently got married. She told 7 Action News she never thought twice about Messer spending time with her kids.
Schwartz said her family and Messer’s would often take camping trips and were very close.
According to Schwartz, Messer, who is from South Lyon, had just gotten a divorce from his wife last year.
“With me having so many kids I could not just take her and do things with her, so he was like 'I’ll take her to Ann Arbor, I’ll take her to Botanical Gardens.'”
Messner and Lalinsky left everything behind, including clothes. Her family thinks the pair does not want to be traced.
Loved ones are shaking their heads as to how a grown man could run off with such a young teen.
“People like to go on adventures and what not… but I just hope that they realize that there are people hurting here,” said Schwartz.
As time goes by, Lalinsky’s family is getting more and more worried.
Her mother has one plea for Lalinsky: come home safely.
“We can work through this, we always do. I love you. Just come home,” said Lalinsky's mother.
Police are asking for your help finding Lalinsky because they are concerned for her safety. She is described as a white female, 5'5" and 130 lbs. She has long blond hair and blue eyes.
The pair can be seen in the photograph above. They are thought to be traveling in a two-tone brown, Ford pick up truck with the license plate CNS2754.
If you have any information you are asked to please contact the Plymouth Township Police at 734-354-3250.
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