KINGMAN Seventeen-year-old Rashaun Steinhauer of Bullhead City was seen last by her mother, Robin Greenfield, on March 4. A witness reported seeing her recently in Kingman.
"If I could just get a call from her so I know she is OK," said Greenfield.
Steinhauer is considered an endangered runaway by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Her birth date is Sept. 15, 1987.
She is white, 5'3", 100 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her ears and navel are pierced, and she has a tattoo on her lower back. When last seen, she had braces on her teeth. She may go by the name Shawn.
A reward is being offered for information on her whereabouts. All calls will remain confidential. Those with information should call (928) 758-9679 or contact the Bullhead City Police at (928) 763-1999.
Steinhauer had some difficulties in the past, not uncommon to other teens, her mother said.
She had run away before and was spending time with adults that Greenfield believes introduced her daughter to drugs.
But more recently, she was doing well, her mother said.
"She was attending the Culinary Arts program at Mohave Community College, and I recently bought her a car," Greenfield said.
Steinhauer went to the movies on March 4 and never returned home for her car, clothing or personal belongings.
Her mother said that Rashaun has a matter with the police that she needs to deal with before she turns 18, or she will be treated as an adult, with harsher penalties.
"The sooner she comes home, providing she is all right, the better it will be for her," Greenfield said.
Greenfield is a former corrections officer at the Department of Corrections in Yuma and Kingman.
"I don't really feel like the police are doing much. They called me once since her disappearance," she said.
Bullhead City Police Public Information Officer Carrie Conner said, "We are under the impression she is hiding. We are unaware of any possibility of foul play."
Greenfield has been taking an active role in trying to find her daughter. She said she is shocked at the lack of support for parents of missing children.
"(A local gasoline station/convenience store) wouldn't even let me put up a flyer in their stores. They referred to my flyer of my missing daughter as trash," Greenfield said.
The area's crisis center hotline does not specifically deal with missing and exploited children. Greenfield, now a full-time nursing student, wants to donate time to help develop a system for missing and exploited children in the Mohave County area.
"No one should have to go through this. I am dead inside. I don't know whether she is dead or alive," said Greenfield.
"We need an Amber Alert System countywide and beyond. I would like to be involved in the development of such a system," said Rich Miers, executive director of Interagency Council, Lake Havasu City. Miers was recently contacted to assist locating a missing child in Lake Havasu.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2,000 children are reported missing each day in the United States. For more information, contact the Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) THE-LOST, (800) 843-5678, and on the Internet at: www.missingkids.com.