Missing Mother And 8-Year-Old Daughter Found Safe In St. Louis

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CMPD says Megan Stack and her missing 8-year-old daughter have been found safe in St. Louis.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – The search for a missing 8-year-old girl and her mother from South Charlotte continues.

Police believe the two are travelling together and say there is serious concern for their safety.

“She’s my world. She’s everything to me. She’s everything I have,” says the little girl’s father Tim Lybarger.

Ava Stack and her mother 33-year-old Megan Stack disappeared Monday.

Investigators say Stack left her South Charlotte home early in the afternoon then picked up Ava at Bain Elementary in Mint Hill around 4:30.

Sources tell WCCB Charlotte the little girl called her father and sounded frightened. That’s the last time she’s been heard from.

“I’m sick. Just sick,” says Pam Vanderbury. She used to live next door to Ava’s father in Matthews.

Vanderbury says Ava would come over and play with her grandchildren.

“She is his life. And you could tell that on a daily basis when she was with him.”

Police believe mother and daughter are travelling in a silver 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Investigators haven’t been able to track it, because the SUV doesn’t have a permanent plate.

“That’s really the big identifier here, is this thing’s got temporary tags on it, should stick out like a sore thumb,” explains CMPD spokesperson Rob Tufano.

Police are worried for the little girl’s safety because there are concerns about her mother’s mental state.

“There has been some concerning behavior issues by her in the past,” says CMPD Lt. Alex Watson.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” says South Charlotte resident Hank Schmulling.

He and other neighbors in South Charlotte who’ve know Megan and her family for years are hoping for a positive outcome.

“Certainly we’re concerned for the family and we hope Megan and her daughter are found and everything’s OK,” he says.

Investigators wanted an Amber Alert issued but were told the case didn’t qualify.

Ava Stack was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, purple jeans, and gray Jordan sneakers.

Her mother was wearing a maroon jacket, pants, and black boots.