The mother of a missing teen is almost certain her daughter is with an older man she met on the internet. It's a terrifying prospect but it does happen; that's why Tuesday she's speaking out.
Jordan has met older men in chatrooms. Because of that, she's not allowed online and she doesn't have a cell phone, but her mother tells us she got hold of a classmate's wifi-equipped electronic device and Sunday morning she was gone.
"She can pretty much do anything she puts her mind to."
That's one of the things Jessica Whorton has always loved most about her daughter Jordan, but right now she hates it.
"She'll go on as many sites as she can just to get somebody to say they'll come get her and I think that's her way oif escaping reality."
Whorton is terrified that the reality Jordan may have escaped to over the weekend when she climbed out her bedroom window is far, far worse.
"I am so scared that she's with someone that would hurt her," she said with tears streaming down her face.
The teen has done this before.
"Multiple adult males she has tried reaching through different chatroom applications. She has begged them to come and get her and it succeeded more than one time," Whorton said.
Last year, Nixa police arrested one of these men outside the window.
Whorton believes Jordan has been to hundreds of chatrooms. Nixa police say it's certainly not an isolated issue.
"We were just amazed by the numbers," said Nixa Police DARE officer Brent Forgey.
Roughly half of fifth and sixth graders whom Forgey surveyed at one of the Nixa schools a few years back had chatted online with someone they didn't know.
"I talked to my junior high and a lot of them are into gaming and now you can contact someone and actually type or communicate with someone during the game."
So Forgey's drug and alcohol-based DARE curriculum now includes discussions on internet predators.
Whorton prays one of them hasn't already gotten to her daughter -- the pretty blonde who always knows what she wants. Maybe, she'll want to come home.
"We don't want to control you, we want to love you, and just to be safe. That's all I care about," Whorton said, hoping her daughter would hear her.
A chatroom we logged into on Tuesday said it was for teens, but the chatter was all about sex. It took less than 30 seconds to find the site and less than 10 seconds to enter it as a guest. Nixa police realize this and at the first of next year they're holding internet safety classes for kids. They'll be giving free internet monitoring software to parents who attend.
The course is Jan. 17. We'll have more details regarding time and location when it gets a bit closer.