Cypress teens who went missing say little about ordeal, but family thankful for return


by staff

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

CYPRESS, Texas – The parents of a Cypress teenager who was missing for more than a week with her friend say they have more questions than answers about what happened to the girls. But overall, they say they are just thankful the teens are now safe.

“We’re blessed to have Liana home. We picked her up this morning and the only thing she said was ‘Mommie, I want to go home,’” Lana Turner, mother of Liana Andrews, said.

Turner said she was attending a funeral in Dallas when her 16-year-old daughter took her car and drove with her 14-year-old friend, Kacie Watson, to San Antonio.

Liana’s grandmother was watching the pair the night day they vanished. After the grandmother went to sleep, the girls hit the road. Liana sent a message to her grandmother saying they would return home around 1:30 p.m. the next day, August 17, but the pair never showed up.

Instead, the car was found abandoned in downtown San Antonio near a courthouse with some of the girls’ personal belongings still inside. It was feared the two had driven out of town to meet a man they met on the Internet.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the girls were found begging for money at a San Antonio Walmart on August 24. Liana’s parents say neither girl has gone into great detail about what transpired during the several days they were missing. Despite all the uncertainty, they are happy with the outcome because things could have been much different.

“God has answered her prayer as well. She’s home. She’s asleep and safe,” Lana Turner said.

Liana’s father expressed the family’s gratitude of the outpouring support from the community.

“And we want to thank all those individuals that participated in providing information trying to help us so much to bring these girls home. We truly felt supported and we’re grateful for that,” said John Turner.

There is an ongoing investigation and the FBI is assisting.