Missing Detroit teen needs medicine, mom says

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Chase Boyce left home late Friday.

Detroit — Since Chase Boyce left home last week, the 16-year-old’s family has been racing against the clock to find her.

The 11th grader has asthma and vanished without an inhaler or medication to prevent complications, and her mother fears she is in danger.

“I don’t know where she is,” Takeshia Bobo told The Detroit News between rounds of phone calls Monday checking in with relatives to see if they had heard from her. “This is my first baby, my first everything and I’m just so worried. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Chase was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Friday at their home near Eight Mile and Wyoming, two days after severe breathing issues sent her to an emergency room, Bobo said.

The teen, who was wheezing, coughing badly and due to start using a type of steroid to aid breathing, had asked to stay over at a friend’s house, but her mother said she was too sick and refused.

When Bobo went out later that night, she called Chase’s cellphone to make sure the girl took her medicine before sleeping, but there was no answer. Bobo then called her younger daughter at home, who said Chase was gone, she said.

Bobo immediately tracked down the youth’s friends and eventually learned Chase had stayed with a classmate near Cherrylawn and Margareta. When Bobo went to the girl’s home with police, she said Chase had left around 4 a.m. Saturday in a black car but did not know her whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Bobo continually called Chase’s phone, which kept ringing, and left messages with no response.

She has been scouring the neighborhood for any clues leading to her daughter, who she said has not previously run away or been in serious trouble.

“I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. … I don’t want to stop,” Bobo said through tears. “I just need her to come home.”

Authorities describe Chase as 5-foot-9, 230 pounds, with freckles, a tattoo on her left shoulder and hair in long, multi-colored braids.

Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police Department's 12th Precinct at (313) 596-1240 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.