17 year-old Danica Childs has been missing from Federal Way, Washington since December 21st, 2007. Prior to her disappearance, Danica was living with her mother and siblings in an apartment located in a Federal Way neighborhood that is well known for prostitution activity. A few days after she vanished, her purse, coat and cellular phone were found at a Sunset Motel in Kent—an area that is also well known for prostitution activity. According to her mother, Danica was dating a man who was rumored to be a pimp at the time of her disappearance and had been spending nights out with him on a frequent basis. Danica denied these rumors, but when she did not return home on December 21st, her mother began to fear that the rumors were in fact true.
Messages on Danica’s phone confirmed her mother’s fears, and also revealed that Danica, who was still a minor, was working as a prostitute herself. Her phone was reportedly filled with several sexually-explicit messages from clients. Due to this, authorities believe that Danica left on her own accord. However, Danica’s family members do not believe that Danica would leave her cell phone or other belongings behind, and they also do not think she would go this long without contacting them. Her mother fears that she was kidnapped and sold against her will.
Danica remains missing today. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact the Federal Way police department at (253) 835-6700.