Family, PD searching for missing Valley teens

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-30 09:52:28-05

The parents of two missing Valley teens say police are getting tips, but so far there are no confirmed sightings of the young couple five days after they disappeared.

Jared Smith, 16, and Natalie Marion, 17, disappeared Sunday night. 

They left Jared's dad's house in east Mesa around 9:45 p.m. Several hours later, Jared called a friend asking for a tent. Then, the two teens disappeared.

Their parents say the pair wouldn't have run away without a word to anyone.

Natalie had gone shopping for a prom dress over the weekend, and she was planning to visit her older sister in New York in a few weeks for her 18th birthday. The young couple has been gone so long police think they may be in danger.

The parents of the teens were distraught as they went to a local copy store to print a thousand fliers on Friday. Their families, friends, and coworkers are distributing the fliers across the Phoenix metro area and in campgrounds across Arizona.

“I am not mad,” Jared’s mom, Joann Malika, said. “I am sad, and I’m scared.”

They ask you to keep an eye out for Jared's car. It's a four-door Honda Accord in a distinct dark purple color.

“We just ask that anything you can do to help bring our kids home,” Jared’s dad, Andrew O’Daniell, said. “Truly, we are fearing for their safety at this point.”

Relatives say the kids have not used their cell phones or debit cards, and they had very little cash and no supplies with them Sunday night.

Marion is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds and has hazel eyes and brown hair.

Smith is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 152 pounds and has blue eyes and blonde hair.

The teens were driving a dark purple four-door 1999 Honda Accord with the Arizona license plate "BRR5066."

It's not clear where the teens may have gone camping.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Phoenix Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at (602) 534-2121 or contact the unit after hours at (602) 262-6141.