Tuscaloosa police ramp up search efforts for missing 13-year-old girl

Tuscaloosa police officers stepped up their search today for 13-year-old Destiny Schaetzle. The teen went missing from her home in the North Park Community on Sunday evening.

At least 15 members of the Special Response Unit conducted a deep woods search in cul-de-sacs on each side of the family's home.

Although Destiny has run away before, police say this time is different. "She's been gone for a couple of day. We're using all of the resources we can because the girl is 13 and the family says she doesn't look 13. And that her social skills are far less than that of a 13 year old. At this point we don't know what's going to happen."

It was the second day officers have search wooded areas near Destiny's home, but so far they've seen no sign of her.

Lindsay Schaetzle, the teen's mother who is near full-term pregnancy with her eighth child, declined a second interview Wednesday, but she and her husband told ABC 33/40 that their child's disappearance was tough to bear.

Schaetzle says Destiny's six other siblings were in the front yard around 5:45 p.m. Sunday when she realized one of her children was missing.{} "In the past she has liked to cause drama -- what do you mean? Like negative attention. But there was no reason for her to walk out because we were about to go eat and then we were going to the pool and the splash pad."

Destiny had only complained about doing multiplication tables, according to her parents. "And we weren't making her do them, we just suggested she work on them," Schaetzle.

Before resuming the search Tuesday, police concentrated their efforts around the Schaetzle's home. "Missing" flyers bearing two childhood pictures of Destiny have been posted all over the neighborhood. Authorities also spent the day questioning people as they entered the neighborhood.

"With time lapsing as it is. If she's been in the woods of course there's a danger to her especially with her mind set the family says. Being gone this long -she could possibly be in danger. We're not counting anything out," Tuscaloosa Police Sgt. Brent Blankley said.