The search continues for a missing 14-year-old Tecumseh girl who is believed to be with a 40-year-old man now charged with a felony for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to the teen.
Tecumseh Police Lt. J.R. Kidney said the teen, Deborah Kalai Fourzan, hasn’t been seen since about 8 a.m. Monday morning. She was dropped off at Tecumseh High School, but she didn’t attend classes. Fourzan, a freshman, is believed to be with James Joseph Reimer, 40, who is from the Tecumseh area, Kidney said.
Reimer was charged Tuesday in Pottawatomie County District Court with the felony of soliciting sexual conduct or communications with a minor by use of technology for text messages sent to the teen’s phone. An arrest warrant has been issued for Reimer with a $100,000 bond, he said.
Kidney, working in conjunction with the FBI and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Troop Z, followed multiple leads in the case Wednesday. They spent time interviewing students and Fourzan’s friends at Tecumseh High School, but there are few leads.
“We have nothing rock solid,” he said. “We still need the public’s help.”
Reimer was reportedly a friend of Fourzan’s family, Kidney said, until problems developed with him sending text messages to the teen. Police believe Fourzan left with him but feel she is endangered because of her age, Kidney said.
“She probably went with the subject willingly but we feel she could be in danger,” he said.
Tecumseh police were notified about this case by Fourzan’s family late Monday afternoon when she didn’t come home on the school bus, Kidney said.
Reimer was allegedly employed at the Spring Hill Store at SH 102 and SH 9, where Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s deputies also are investigating the theft of cash that was reported about 4:30 p.m. Monday, Kidney said.
Fourzan’s friend told police she was planning to leave town with Reimer. From those talks, Kidney said police believe the duo may be headed to California, but police have no vehicle description.
Police want to talk with anyone that may have seen Fourzan or Reimer and could provide any information about their whereabouts. Police followed some reported sightings in Shawnee Wednesday, but none developed.
Fourzan is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Reimer is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 280 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.
State and federal bulletins have been issued in this case and Fourzan has been listed as a missing person.
Anyone who has seen Fourzan or Reimer, or those with any information about the case, should call Tecumseh police at 598-9305 or 598-2115.
Any sighting of the pair should be reported to local police in that area by calling 911.