NYPD searches for missing teen

January 14, 2009 9:36:24 PM PST
The NYPD continues to look for a missing teen from the Bronx, who was last seen on Dec. 30th. Tiana Rice of E. 218th street went missing after telling her mother that she was going to deliver a Christmas present to a friend two weeks ago.

Four generations of the Rice family are waiting for the 16-year-old girl to come home.

"I feel bad," her father Willie Rice said. "I always tell her, no matter where you are I will come get you. I will protect you, and I feel like I can't. Right now, I'm not there to protect here. That's what is really killing me right now."

Tiana was last seen by her family on December 30, 2008 when she left for her friend's house. But, the friend that Tiana was supposed to be visiting told the Rice family that Tiana had other plans. She said Tiana told her that she was going to take the subway to the Bushwick. Tiana did not say whom she was meeting, the friend said.

Later that night, her mother called Tiana's cell phone.

"At 7:30, there was no answer," Shirley Bird explained. "When I called at 9:00, I heard her saying in the background, 'Stop! Stop!' and then there was a lot of noise and the phone cut off."

Neither her phone nor her MySpace page has been used since.

Her family said that she has never runaway.

Tiana is described as 5'3", 220 Lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tiana is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

The public can also text their tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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