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Jessie Bender: Missing Calif. teen may have fled with online predator

Jessie Bender
Hesperia Police Dept.
Jessie Bender: Missing Calif. Teen May Have Fled with Online Predator
Jessie Bender
Hesperia Police Dept.

(CBS) HESPERIA, Calif. - Police are searching for 13-year-old Jessie Bender, who investigators believe may have fled with an online child predator.

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The middle-school student, from Hesperia, Calif., was last seen on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Her mother told Los Angeles station KTLA that Jessie had been chatting with a man she met on the internet on the night she went missing.

"He was the last person she spoke to at 1:47 in the morning," Melissa Bender told the station.

Investigators traced the number of the person to a phone number in Chicago. According to KTLA, police believe the man may be a child predator.

"I don't know who he is," the mother told KTLA. "He claims that he doesn't have her, but I don't believe it."

Jessie is 5-feet 2-inches and 120 pounds with green eyes and brown shoulder-length hair.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Hesperia Police Department at (760) 947-1500.