The parents of a 16-year-old girl who escaped with her 25-year-old wrestling coach a week ago have made an emotional plea for her to return home.
Alexus Anderson escaped with Philip Maglaya on August 22. Maglaya worked as a volunteer wrestling coach at Franklin High School in Stockton, California, but police have discovered since they fled that they were in a romantic relationship.
Before fleeing with him in his truck, Alexus left a note to his parents to tell him he was leaving.
They described it through tears on Thursday when they begged him to come home.
"The first page said:" I love you so much, mom and dad. Nothing you did was your fault, "her mother Iris told Good Morning America.
Alexus Anderson, 16, escaped with his wrestling coach, Philip Maglaya, 25 on August 22 from Stockton, California.
On Thursday, the bereaved parents Iris and Ron of the teenager made an emotional plea for her to return home.
She went on to say that she was stressed by school work and said that her decision to leave had nothing to do with a child.
Since then, the couple received a text message from their phone that said: "Do not worry about me. I am safe. I'm in a friend's house. I'll talk to you soon. "
Iris, crying, questioned whether her daughter wrote it.
We do not even know if it was she who sent that text. What would happen if I were him? Crying, she continued: I just want to see her face. I just want to hear his voice. I do not know.
"It hurts me to go home and see your son every day, but one day she just disappears."
The girl's father said he had grown up to trust Maglaya after seeing him train Alexus.
This is a father's worst nightmare. We met him He was like, "Yes, your daughter is a great fighter … she's going to do a great job next year," he said.
The girl's parents said that she left a note in her bedroom the night she disappeared saying she was stressed out by the school and did not worry. Since then, parents have received a text message and an email stating that they are safe, but they fear that they have not been written.
Police say the car they are in is a green 1994 Toyota truck with an extra cab similar to the one shown
Ron said that the last time he saw the teenager was when she greeted him while he left home to go to work the night he disappeared.
Appealing to Maglaya, he said on Thursday: "Bring our daughter home."
They realized that Alexus had disappeared on August 22 after his mother saw a box by his bedroom window.
She ran to the room and discovered that she was gone. The note was left along with the teenager's cell phone.
When his father returned home, he registered it and discovered that he had been calling the trainer recently.
He called Maglaya and asked why. The 25-year-old man answered the phone and said they talked about nutrition. He claimed that he did not know where he was.
Not long after, he also left the radar. The police issued a warning with details of the car in which they believe they are traveling. It's a 1994 green truck with an extra Toyota cab.
Maglaya started working at Franklin last year after having passed all the background checks.
The San Joaquin Sheriff's Office has urged everyone with information to call 209-468-4400 or the Investigations Unit at 209-468-4425.