Search for missing Wenatchee girl targets social networking

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by Associated Press and KING5.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 13 at 4:13 PM

WENATCHEE, Wash. -  A Chelan County sheriff's spokesman says the search for a missing 17-year-old girl is expanding to social networking and phone contacts that Mackenzie Cowell may have had.

Sheriff's spokesman Jerry Moore says search warrants were faxed Friday for information from MySpace, Facebook and Verizon.

The FBI has joined the Chelan County Sheriff's Office in searching for McKenzie Cowell, who was last seen Tuesday afternoon leaving a beauty school class in Wenatchee.

Sheriff's spokesman Jerry Moore says the car driven by Cowell was found Tuesday night in a driveway in the Pitcher Canyon area near Mission Ridge, about 50 miles from her home in Orondo. Moore says her purse and some clothes were found in the car, but her debit card is missing.

Sheriff's deputies searched the area on the ground with a tracking dog and from the air by helicopter.

Moore said a team of 10 detectives were searching the Pitcher Canyon area Friday. They are also interviewing and re-interviewing all of Mackenzie's friends and family. Mackenzie's mother and the mother's boyfriend are also being interviewed by the FBI.

Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum, while not giving any specifics, says the situation is "very, very suspicious."

Mackenzie is now listed as an endangered missing person with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Mackenzie is described as about 5-foot-9 tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She has braces. Both of her ears are pierced.

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