Still no word on missing Fort Worth girl

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 8 at 7:12 PM

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FORT WORTH — It's been more than a day since Jessica Smith went missing, but on Wednesday, the search for the 11-year old took an unusual turn.

Despite the fact that the Amber Alert for the girl was reissued, News 8 observed no concerned relatives at the home where she was last seen. That's quite unusual for what has been presented as a serious child abduction case.

But around 6 o'clock Wednesday evening, police were seen walking around the back of the house in the 7300 block of Indiana Avenue. Their purpose was not immediately clear.

Fort Worth police confirmed they have received no new tips to lead them to Jessica. But Caitlin Fields told News 8 that her mother and sister had had a loud and terrible fight on Monday night.

"My mom and my older sister and my little sister, they were all arguing and fighting and stuff," Fields said. "Then it was like they all kept saying they were done with each other, and I had to help my sister get my mom away from Jessica so Jessica could go sit down and cool off."

Kimberly Smith, 42, is believed to have taken off with Jessica in a silver Mazda CX-9 sport utility vehicle with Texas license BMZ-390.

Jessica is a fifth-grader at Parkwood Hill Intermediate School in the Keller ISD. She had reportedly spoken with school counselors on Monday about personal issues. The district declined to comment.

Fort Worth police will only say that given the circumstances, they are concerned that Jessica may be in grave danger.

Jessica's father has a serious criminal investigation pending, but police declined to discuss that aspect.

Investigators do want the public to remember Jessica's face, and ask anyone who sees her to call 911 immediately.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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