Abbie Miller’s picture is circulating on social media and “Missing” posters are being taped up in store windows and public places as family and friends ask for help locating the 17-year-old.
Miller was last seen wearing a plaid bikini top and shorts as she rode her light blue bike on Friday afternoon in downtown Grand Haven.
Miller is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall; weighing about 135 pounds; with brown hair, brown eyes and a big smile with braces, said her mother, Andria Woiwode.
Chris Hoisington, Miller’s father, said he contacted police on Saturday when his daughter failed to return home. The Grand Haven man said she normally leaves a note or tells her brother if she’s leaving the house.
“I haven’t seen her or heard from her,” Hoisington said. “I miss her a lot.”
Miller had been initially reported as “voluntarily missing,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. The status of the case was changed to “missing person” Monday evening.
“Based on available information, Abbie left home on her own accord between (Friday and Sunday),” Hawke said in a news release Monday night. “Regardless of the circumstances, officers are attempting to locate Abbie to ensure her safety.”
Hawke said they are following up on information that the girl’s family has provided and they are interviewing anyone who may have a connection with Miller.
“Based on a witness report, Abbie may have been in the Holland area on the evening of July 12,” Hawke said.
Jessica Hoisington, Miller’s aunt, said the girl’s Facebook posts initially led police to believe the teen ran away from home.
On Monday, Woiwode spent time working with Grand Haven police and taping “Missing” posters up in the Holland area.
Woiwode said they contacted her daughter’s friends, but she said no one had seen her or spoken with her. Woiwode said it sounds like Miller may have left with someone she knew, but they aren’t certain.
Jessica Hoisington said her niece doesn’t have a cellphone. She also said it’s unusual and out of character for the teen — who is described as friendly, out-going and always helping others — to disappear.
“That’s not the girl I know at all,” Jessica Hoisington said.
Miller moved to Grand Haven last year. She will be a senior at Grand Haven High School this fall. She was previously homeschooled and lived with her mother in Holland.
Woiwode said Miller didn’t appear as though anything bothered her when she visited the mother’s Holland home at the beginning of July.
Miller has spent the summer working at Butch’s Beach Burritos in Grand Haven. She hasn’t reported for work since she went missing.
As pictures and word of the teen’s disappearance spread on social media, community members offered support and hope for a safe return home.
“This just hurts my heart … my prayers go out to her family,” Kelli John wrote.
Shannon Conkle also chimed in: “Praying for you all!”
As the search continues, Miller’s family said they want her to know that they love her, miss her and want her home.
Miller’s family asks that anyone with information about the missing teen’s whereabouts contact them or police.
“Even if it seems small, we just want to know,” Jessica Hoisington said.