The deputy spotted Vanessa near a motel on I-45 at Cypresswood. Constable Mark Herman told ABC13 Vanessa had been staying at the motel with a 17-year-old boy, who was also apparently a runaway.
On Tuesday, February 7, surveillance cameras showed Vanessa leaving Robert E. Lee High School at 2:50pm. Vanessa's family told ABC13 Eyewitness News that she had some sort of argument with one of her teachers.
Vanessa never returned home after leaving the school.
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Over the weekend, Texas EquuSearch volunteers searched around the school and nearby businesses, following tips of Vanessa being spotted on surveillance video.
Vanessa's father had told ABC13 he was concerned because Vanessa can become disoriented at times. He also said sometimes when someone says her name, Vanessa doesn't respond.