This is a transcript from "On the Record," August 31, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: A 17-year-old girl Casey Crowder coming home from her boyfriend's house very early Sunday morning, the teenager runs out of gas on the highway, calls her parents about 5:30 in the morning, hasn't been seen since. Where is Casey Crowder now?
Joining us on the phone is Sheriff Don Smith of the Desha County Sheriff's Department. In Little Rock, Arkansas are Casey Crowder's mother Melinda and her aunt Cindy Bennett.
Melinda, first to you, I take it you've heard nothing from your daughter since Sunday morning, since that phone call.
MELINDA CROWDER, MOTHER OF MISSING TEEN: No, ma'am I have not.
VAN SUSTEREN: Sheriff, what do you know about this investigation? A car was found how far from home and about what time?
SHERIFF DON SMITH, DESHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT (by telephone): The last person that talked to her I'm sure was her mother and that was at 6:08 a.m. Sunday morning. She...
VAN SUSTEREN: When you found — oh, I'm sorry, go ahead sheriff.
SMITH: She did try to make another call after she talked to her mother. She reached her boyfriend's brother who had a cell phone and he wasn't able — he wasn't at his phone but she did leave a message on that phone.
VAN SUSTEREN: Saying what?
SMITH: She just told her — asked the boyfriend's brother to try to get hold of her boyfriend and tell him where she was and she was out of gas and she needed some help. Bring her some gas. But the boyfriend...
VAN SUSTEREN: Melinda — Melinda any — I'm sorry.
SMITH: The boyfriend didn't get this message until later on — correction, the boyfriend's brother didn't get this message until later on in the day because he didn't have his cell phone on him.
VAN SUSTEREN: Melinda, any idea is there — would your daughter ever take off? It doesn't sound like a case where she'd take off but any idea would she take off?
CROWDER: No, she would not. She was very close to all of her family and friends and there was no reason at all for her to run off. That's just not an option. She didn't have any reason to. She had just tried out for the school's softball team the Saturday before. All of her clothes were in her room.
She had just called me and, you know, I told her that if — you know, I asked her if she wanted me to come and pick her up and she said, "No, mom, don't worry about it. I'll call so and so and get him to get them to bring me some gas and it will be all right" you know. And I said, "OK, are you sure?" And she said, "Yes." And I said, "Well call me back if you need me" and then I didn't hear from her anymore.
VAN SUSTEREN: Cindy, would you niece, anyone want to hurt your niece for any reason?
CINDY BENNETT, AUNT OF MISSING TEEN: Would anyone want to hurt my niece?
VAN SUSTEREN: Yes, Cindy, anyone, any threats to your niece, do you know of anything like that at all?
BENNETT: I can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt her at all. She was a spunky, fun-loving girl. She is a spunky, fun-loving girl. And I never heard of anyone that might want to hurt her.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, well we put her picture up. Let's hope that she's fine and that we'll get some hits on it tonight if somebody who knows anything about this missing Arkansas teenager, Casey Crowder, senior in high school, age 17, picture is up there. Sheriff, Melinda, Cindy, thank you all and let us know if we can help.
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