The last known picture of Jocelyn Turcios was snapped back in 2004 when she was just three-years-old.
Instead of high school yearbook photos, her family in Franklin is left with just a computer-enhanced image that depicts what the young girl would look like now as she nears her 17th birthday.
“This many years later, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions for us,” Lt. Charles Warner with the Franklin Police Department told News 2. “It’s very important to the Franklin community. We need information.”
Jocelyn vanished in October 2004, right after her third birthday.
Her father eventually alerted Franklin police and claimed the child had been taken by her mother, Sandra Gutierrez, who did not have custody.
In February 2005, a warrant was issued for Gutierrez’s arrest on a charge of custodial interference.
“We’ve conducted extensive checks and talked with so many people, and even to this day, we’re unsure of their whereabouts,” Lt. Warner said. “It’s our responsibility to find out what happened to them and why.”
As for the why police say family members reported Gutierrez took off with Jocelyn to escape violence.
“There were allegations that they were fleeing because there was domestic abuse and there was a domestic situation with the father,” Lt. Warner said. “There’s a right and wrong way to do things, so this was obviously the wrong way.”
Franklin police stayed in touch with Jocelyn’s father about the case until 2014. At that time, he was jailed in Louisiana on sex charges and investigators believe he was deported to Honduras.
Investigators have not given up and said they are still working on behalf of Jocelyn’s relatives who still live in the Franklin area.
Police said it’s possible that Jocelyn and her mother are somewhere in Florida, Texas or Mexico and that the teen could be using her mother’s last name of Gutierrez.
The only goal is knowing that the young girl is safe.
“We don’t know for certain that being with her mother isn’t the best thing for her,” Lt. Warner said. “We just need to know that she is ok and that her mom’s ok, and that everyone is accounted for so that our community can sleep a little better at night knowing where these two people that vanished into thin air are.”
Anyone with information on Jocelyn’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Franklin Police Department at 615-794-2513, or the Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.