HARRODSBURG - A search for a missing Mercer County teenager was still ongoing Saturday evening.
Police say Jessica Marie Phillips, 16, apparently left home early Friday morning, possibly to meet someone she'd conversed with in an Internet chat room.
Phillips lives with her parents, Glenn and Virginia Phillips, on McCouns Ferry Road. Mercer Sheriff's Deputy Chris Kehrt said her parents told him they had a nice Christmas with no indication anything was wrong.
Virginia Phillips told police she went to bed at midnight Thursday, and awoke Friday morning at 6:45 to discover her daughter was gone. She also realized the family's black, four-door, 2004 Ford Escape SUV was missing as well. the license number on the vehicle is 8479, and is a Kentucky firefighter plate.