Taylor Cusick

Jeanette Cusick/Facebook

Dozens Join Search For Missing San Ramon Teenager

KCBS Radio Morning News
August 06, 2018 - 10:18 am

(KCBS Radio) - Dozens of volunteers turned out on Sunday to help the parents of Taylor Cusick search for a missing San Ramon teenager. 

Taylor, 14, disappeared after leaving her friend's house around 8:30 pm on July 30. Her mother, Jeanette Cusick, reported her missing and posted a desperate plea on Facebook the following day, hoping that someone knew about Taylor's whereabouts. 

On Sunday, more than 60 people answered Cusick's latest Facebook call for help and joined a search for Taylor. 

Although her daughter has not been located, Cusick and her husband were overwhelmed with the response. They said the support uplifted them during what's been a dark time. 

"I just appreciate the community's help looking for my daughter," Taylor's father Rod Cusick told TV-station KPIX. Jeanette Cusick added, with a catch in her voice, "Everybody, people I know, people I don't know, people I haven't seen in years, are coming together right now and looking for her, and I just so appreciate that." 

The volunteers started near Taylor's friend's home and fanned out over miles of trails, looking for any clues or evidence that might lead them to the missing teen.

Taylor had changed her clothes before her disappearance, and left her phone charger behind. Her mother doesn't think Taylor had much cash. 

What seems especially ominous to Cusick is that her daughter's electronic presence has gone dark. 

"There's no phone, nothing, there's no sign of her communication-wise, and I can't see a 14 year old going that long without her own phone, without things that belong to her, that are important to her, " she said. 

San Ramon police say they're actively following up on leads. An aerial search turned up no sign of the missing teen.

Investigators say there is no evidence of foul play.

Taylor is 5 feet, 4 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about Taylor is asked to call San Ramon police at (925) 973-2700.

Written by Diana Shook