UPDATE (Monday, May 2) — Missing 16-year-old Tooele girl found safe
(Original FOX 13 News report continues below)
TOOELE, Utah — The Tooele County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to keep an eye out for a missing teenager who ran away from home.
Hayden "Lexi" Palm, 16, was last seen Saturday around 11 a.m. at the Denny's restaurant in Tooele (925 N. Main Street). The sheriff's office said she discarded some of her personal belongings there.
“For her to do that really scares us because you think the worst because of it,” said Robert Palm, Lexi’s dad.
She was driving a 2010 black Nissan Pathfinder with license plate number G79 4PD.
“We can’t sit still. We have to be out there looking for her,” Robert said.
Police said she is considered a runaway.
Lexi's parents describe her as caring and kind, with a big heart for animals.
“We have Chili, our dog, because of her, and Tabby, our cat, because of her,” Robert said. “Just about every animal you can imagine, she’s tried to bring into the home.”
The Palm family is exhausted but restless, determined to find Lexi. They’re asking everyone else to lend a hand and keep an eye out for her.
“I want everybody looking for her,” said Toni Palm, her mom. “I don’t want her to be alone right now.”
Anyone who sees Lexi or has information about the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 435-277-4261 or dispatch at 435-882-5600 (option 1).