Jun 7, 2010 4:25 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Dad puts up fliers of his missing daughter

John Michaels says he never thought he'd be taping up pictures of his 14-year-old daughter on store fronts and tree trunks.

"Anything anyone can do to help us find Alyssa Smith, please help us," says Michaels.

Alyssa Smith has been missing since June 1.  She was last seen near her home that night on Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs.  Police won't elaborate on the investigation, but they do say her emotional state is in question and investigators want the public's help.  They say Alyssa appears to have left her home of her own free will, but an incident that happened during the last week of classes at West Middle School is cause for concern.

Her parents say ordinary life has stopped.

"You stay up nights.  You're up all night," says Michaels.  "It's been a nightmare."

Michaels says he has hung up hundreds of fliers around Old Colorado City and downtown Colorado Springs, and plans to hang hundreds more. 

"You have to.  You have to do everything unorthodox.  You have to do anything that works.  Anything that gets her picture out, to calling the FBI, to using local police to get her found, that's what you gotta do," says Michaels.


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