Reward upped to $5,000 for missing St. Cloud teen

Kristen Nicole Nash last seen on Friday

By Melodi Smith - Multimedia Journalist

ST. CLOUD, Fla. - The family of a missing 16-year-old St. Cloud girl is offering a $5,000 reward for information directly leading to her safe return.

Kristen Nicole Nash left her home Friday to meet someone she met on the internet, police said.

According to St. Cloud police, the teenager's mother said she and her daughter had exchanged text messages that morning. Kristen told her mother that she was on her way to school and that she loved her, according to officials.

The mother texted her daughter again, but her phone was turned off, police said. She went to her daughter's school but was told that Kristen had not been there, officials said.

The mother then reported her daughter missing.

The father of the missing girl told police that his daughter told her brother that she was thinking of going to the Washington, D.C., or Maryland area to see a friend she met online.

The father told police that his daughter has a second phone. Additionally, she removed $260 from her savings account at an ATM in St. Cloud, according to police.

The father said he is concerned that his daughter is in danger, according to police.

The family increased the reward from $2,500 to $5,000.

Kristen is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall with brown hair. She may be driving a white 2011 Ford Ranger, with Florida plate GIS I52.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department and or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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