The father of a missing 14-year-old Fort Lauderdale teenager said he hasn’t slept in days and that police are four days behind in searching for his missing daughter.
“It wasn’t until today. All the activity starts today. It should have started, in my viewpoint, four days ago. Now we’re four days behind,” said David McBride, father of missing Shaina McBride. “They’re doing today what I feel should have been done on the first day.
Shaina McBride, 14, was last seen in the area of Isle of Venice and Las Olas Boulevard around 11 a.m. Friday morning. McBride has blonde hair and green eyes and is reportedly 5’6” and weighs about 145 pounds.
Monday ended with Fort Lauderdale Police searching the boat where David and Shaina lived. Divers had previously searched the canal where the boat was docked and search dogs also swept the land area looking for any possible clues.
“She got up. They obviously live on a boat, he heard her open the door, go out, which she does often before he gets up,” said Shaina’s brother, Benne McBride.
“She didn’t have no shoes on,” David added. “Only thing she has was shorts, top, cell phone, which was normal for her to come out here and text. Completely normal.”
McBride came from Idaho to help with the search. He said his sister is a good kid, a straight A student who goes to church twice a week.
“Not your typical rebellious teenager that runs away all the time or anything like that, that just doesn’t happen,” Benne said.
“It’s completely out of character she’s never just gone away that would be odd,” said church youth leader Venice Maxwell. “She’d come in on Sunday morning and first thing give everyone hugs, she was a loving girl.”
For David, he said all sorts of scenarios are running through his head and while he is hoping for the best, he said his gut tells him it may be something bad.
“I’d love to think that my daughter, in normal cases, meets some boyfriend and they go off the blue yonder,” David said. “I’d love to think that because I know if that happened, then someday I’m gonna see my child again and she’s gonna live okay and everything’s going to be fine. However, you asked what my guts says. My gut says its almost impossible."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert Monday evening. Police said they have canvassed the area, interviewed family and friends and have been using social media in their attempt to locate McBride.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Fort Lauderdale Police Department at 954-764-HELP (4357).