16 year-old Rachel Smith of Potomac and 18 year-old Rachel Crites of Gaithersburg disappeared on Friday afternoon (1/19/07) and have not been seen from since. Police are considering them as “endangered females”.
- Police said the girls were driving a 1997 dark blue Subaru Outback with license plate MBJ-485.
- Smith is described as a white female, 5 feet 1 inch tall, 118 pounds, with green eyes and medium-length brown hair.
- Crites is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 110 pounds, with brown eyes and brown medium-length hair.
According to authorities, Smith said the girls were going to see a movie in Georgetown, but no one has seen either girl since.
Detectives said they believe the girls may have possibly gone to Charlestown, W.Va., on Friday, but do not know if they are still in that area. (NBC 4)
According to one of the parents of the missing girls a disturbing note was left behind in her diary about “being buried together” written by Rachel Crites. It appears to be a suicide note of sorts.
An entry from Crites’ diary has her family particularly concerned, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported Tuesday.
The entry read: “Wherever I end up laying, whether buried or cremated, I want to stay with my true love, buried next to her. This is my choice. I’m sorry.” (WTOP)
Rachel Crites (right, in cap and gown) and Rachel Smith
If anyone has any information regarding the girls please call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000, or the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400.
UPDATE I: Comment from the WTOP message board from a person claiming to be Rachel Smith’s sister.
Rachel Smith is my Sister. They didn’t run away because of their sexuality. And we don’t suspect they were abducted. But thank you for your help and prayers.
UPDATE II: Police Reaching Out to Two Missing Teenagers
Eager for Call, Detectives Offer Assurance That Problems ‘Can Be Worked Out’
Police said they have no evidence of foul play in the disappearance of the two female teenagers. According to a statement released yesterday by Montgomery police, detectives from the Family Crimes Division “are concerned about the mental state of both girls and want to make certain that the teens know that whatever concerns or problems they may be facing can be worked out.” (Washington Post)
UPDATE III: Rachel Crites MySpace account
Two former FBI agents employed by the center are in the area participating in the search for 16-year-old Rachel Smith, of Potomac, and 18-year-old Rachel Crites, of Gaithersburg.