Missing Tecumseh Teen Gains National Attention

Friday, February 27th 2009, 8:17 pm
By: News 9

By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

TECUMSEH, Oklahoma -- A mother's search for her daughter is getting more serious than ever.

Saturday her story will appear on the national crime show America's Most Wanted.

Millions of people could help the search for 14-year-old Deborah Forzan and the 40-year-old man she allegedly ran away with.

James Reimer is wanted by police for sending sexually explicit text messages to the teen.

The two reportedly took off nearly a month ago and since then authorities have had almost nothing to go on, and every day that goes by the more concern they have for her safety.

For Deborah Forzan's mother the past month has been a living nightmare.

"It hasn't gotten any easier," Deborah Forzan's mother Crystal Vanbuskirk said. "I've just been doing more to keep from sitting around being depressed all day."

She hasn't seen or heard from her little girl.

Vanbuskirk is doing all she can putting up her daughter's and James Reimer's pictures, even getting America's Most Wanted to show them to a national audience.

"I wanted her picture to be everywhere," Vanbuskirk said. "You turn there, her face is there, you turn that way and her face is there too."

Detective J.R. Kidney says the leads have been few, the biggest one coming from a picture taken at an anime convention in Austin, Texas where the two may have been headed.

The man in the picture was later identified and was not Reimer.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed and praying that this is going to bring the tip that we need, the lead that we need to be able to bring her home safely," Kidney said.

"I'm just worried, you know, it's been way too long," Vanbuskirk said.

Even though the show will air Fourzan's story, Kidney says it wasn't easy. He says it took three weeks before the show said OK.