The parents of a missing teen hope their daughter's cell phone can help locate her and the sex offender she may be with.
Ashley Lyon, 16, has been missing since Wednesday. Her parents said she left out of her bedroom window around 4 p.m. that day. At the time, her mother was serving jury duty, and her father was at work.
She had been grounded for weeks leading up to her disappearance for interacting with Steven Myers, 41, the convicted sex offender investigators believe she is with.
In the three days leading up to when she left, Roger Lyon, her father, says she and Myers exchanged thousands of text messages, e-mails, pictures and videos on their cell phones according to records he got from their cell provider.
Those records do not indicate the content of the messages.
Thirty miles north of their Valrico home, investigators continue to question Myers' family at his Plant City address where he registered as a sex offender there in April.
Family members said he has a son in Texas, and they have not seen him since early last week.
The girl's parents said she is bi-polar and has been off her medication since they last saw her.
The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will bring their daughter home.
Myers drives a 1989 Ford Ranger truck with a unique paint job with flames painted on the hood and sides.
The truck's Florida tag is Tag CSJ-M45.
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