Still No Sign of Missing Girls, Father

October 1st, 2009 by

CHARLOTTE - Neighbors describe 12-year-old Keara Hess and 11-year-old Sierra Hess as good girls: quiet and now, missing from their Mooresville home since Thursday morning. One neighbor, who watches the girls after school, says “They’re nice respectful children and the parents seemed good.”

Matthew Hess may have the girls; he’s their adoptive father and has legal custody of them. Police are worried, though, that 12-year-old Keara, due to deliver a baby any day now, isn’t getting the medical attention she needs. She’s already missed one doctor’s appointment.

“Apparently there are some other complications with her pregnancy. And we don’t know if he (Matthew Hess) realizes that, if he realizes that she needs immediate medical attention, maybe he doesn’t realize that,” says Lt. Julie Gibson of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

FOX Charlotte is told 12-year-old Keara intended to keep the baby she may have already delivered. Investigators say inside the home where she lived with her father, there are plenty of baby supplies and equipment.

Police say there is no sign of financial trouble in the home and while Keara has not named the father of her baby, there’s no indication that it’s Matthew Hess. A few tips have come in from places as far away as Pennsylvania and as nearby as Stokes County, located in the northern part of North Carolina.

“They’re going to have to surface at some point in time, they’re gonna need food, Keara’s gonna go into labor, they’re obviously gonna need baby supplies, so I feel at this point that we’ll find them and they’re gonna be hopefully OK,” says Gibson.

Neighbors are also hopeful but very concerned about Keara’s health, one woman wondering, “Is she gonna be healthy enough to do what she has to do for this child?” Another says, “All I know is I hope the children show up safe and everything’s good and get back together.”

Hess’s estranged wife – and mother of the two girls – first described his SUV as a tan or brown 1993 Ford Explorer. Now, she says it’s dark green. It has a North Carolina tag YTE-8014.

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