Focus on Jessica Smith's phone, Facebook as search continues




Posted on February 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 12 at 12:27 AM

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth police continue investigating mysterious text and online messages in the Jessica Smith case. The 11-year-old and her mother disappeared earlier this week.

On Friday, someone claiming to be Jessica sent a text message from her phone to one of her friends.

"She turned her phone on and there was a text," said Lisa Chitwood.

Chitwood's daughter received the text Friday afternoon. Also, someone posted two messages on Jessica's Facebook page. The posts have led to dozens of comments, and most people are asking the same question: Is this Jessica?

Chitwood doesn't think so.

"I know it's not Jessica," she said. "You know, I feel it's not Jessica doing it. There's something wrong, obviously something going on. There's something wrong."

News 8 has not been able to confirm who is behind the messages. Fort Worth police won't comment on them, but they told us the investigation continues.

"We are still hoping for the best, and we thank you, our media partners, for all that you've done and continue to do in order to insure Jessica is returned to Fort Worth safely," Fort Worth police spokesman Pedro Criado said in a written statement.

Jessica is believed to be with her mother, Kimberly. Police have issued two warrants for the mother and believe the child is in danger.

Chitwood told us Jessica always had her glasses on. She thinks it's unusual that she doesn't have them with her.

"I've heard that she didn't have her glasses with her," she said. "That's one of the things that my daughter said. She doesn't understand why they haven't said that she's cross-eyed."

Chitwood hopes that by sharing this detail, it might help police bring Jessica home.

"I'm really worried," she said.

If you have any information on Jessica's whereabouts, call Fort Worth police or your local police agency.