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Teen kidnapped in 2019 may be in Florida

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Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office

Authorities in Tennessee are reporting that they have information that a teen who was kidnapped by her father in Tennessee may be, being held captative in Florida.

The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office says 17-year-old Daphne Westbrook disappeared in October of 2019 after a weekend visit with her father in Chattanooga. Her two dogs named Fern and Strawberry are also missing.

“We believe Daphne is being held against her will, unable to communicate with the outside world,” the district attorney’s office said. ” Our investigation shows she is endangered both physically and mentally, and is routinely being drugged and/or kept drunk to incapacitate her.”

Authorities also reported that though they have had communication with her father John Oliver Westbrook, they say it’s almost impossible to track him because it is an “IT expert specializing in security, block chain technology, and bitcoin.”

“He is communicating in a way that’s almost impossible to trace, which males it extremely difficult for investigators to generate significant leads in the case,” officials said. ” We know he is earning money contracting with small businesses to do computer security work.”

According to the report, they believe Westbrook may be with his sister Starla Westbrook near Tampa and that Starla who also goes by Sharlena Peters. Starla has not been cooperating with investigators.

John may have altered his appearance and that of Daphne’s by dying her hair and making her wear fake teeth.

Anyone who believes they may have information on Daphne or John is asked to contact the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office at 1-423-209-7425.

You can also visit FindingDaphne@hcdatn.org