Crews search woods for missing Greendale teenager Danielle Wegner

Posted at 9:55 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 06:30:12-04

UPDATE: Danielle has been found safe.


GREENDALE -- The parents of a missing Greendale teen are asking for prayers as the search for their daughter goes into its second day.

Danielle Wegner was last seen Monday afternoon. Now police and volunteers are canvassing the area around her home to find her.

Wednesday, police led volunteers and neighbors into wooded areas near the Wegner's apartment complex. Police say the teen left the house on her own around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

"She and I had a disagreement that morning and I think out of an impulsive need to vent her anger left in that afternoon. I don't think her intention was to run away long term sort of thing," says Michelle Wegner, mother.

Her family says Danielle has never left home before. She is homeschooled and has strong ties to her church.

"She is real quiet and she loves nature," says Chris O'Neil, homeschool teacher.

Her parents say she also loved the trails, which is why they are looking in wooded areas.  Danielle left with $200 in cash and a backpack.  The family says right now they are leaning on their faith.

"We just ask for people to pray and we trust that God is watching over her and will guide us to where she is at," says Steve Wegner, father.

Her mom says she hopes Danielle can hear how many people love and support her. 

"We want her to know our heart," says Michelle Wegner. "We love her and our looking forward to that reunion. And we just really desperately want her to come home."

Click here for the Find Danielle Wegner Facebook group.