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"HOLIDAY WISH!” Mom Wants Her Daughter Home for Christmas


Amanda Freeman said she wants nothing more than her daughter home for Christmas.  Dec.  30, 2022, will mark one year since now 16-year-old Maya Kelly was last seen by her family.  With the holidays now in full swing, her mom and siblings are hoping for a Christmas miracle.

“It's just not the same this year,” said Amanda.  “I've never missed a Christmas with her, and I don't want to. She was here last year, and we had a wonderful time.”

Maya Kelly went missing December 30, 2021 

Maya disappeared from Saluda, Virgina after getting into a disagreement with her mother, according to The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.   She hasn’t been heard from since.   Amanda said that morning she had a conversation with Maya regarding her sneaking in and out of the house.  After their talk, Amanda left to run some errands. When she returned Maya was gone along with some of her belongings and cash from her piggy bank.  

Amanda said she is very worried about her daughter.  She said Maya has run away in the past, but she has never gone this long without some form of contact. Shortly after Maya left, Amanda learned her daughter had gotten her hands on a cell phone and fears she may have been targeted online and is in danger.

“I've made fliers…I posted them…I go online every night on Facebook, “she said. “I can't find anything.”  

Maya Kelly was profiled on the Investigation Discovery show, “In Pursuit with John Walsh” and on the REELZ TV program, “On Patrol Live.” Police said none of the tips they received have led to Maya.

According to her mother, Maya has an outgoing personality, is very smart and has a bright future ahead of her.  Amanda wants her daughter to know “she loves her very much” and that her brother, sisters and her puppy, Karma, miss her.  Amanda is asking anyone out there who knows where Maya is to call the police. 

Search continues Virginia 16-year-old, Maya Kelly 

“I'd just like to know she's alive,” said Amanda. “I wonder that every day, if she is okay, if she's warm, if she has food. I just want to know."

Maya is now 16 years old.  She likes shopping and getting her nails done. She is 5’2” and 145lbs.  She has blue eyes and brown hair, but dyes it red.  Authorities say she is known to frequent the areas of Newport News, Norfolk, Gloucester and Portsmouth, Virgina. Police say Maya was “talking” to unknown man online around the time she disappeared.

If you have any information about Maya Kelly, please contact the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 758-2779 or NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).