At first, it seemed like the blue-eyed, brown-haired teen had run away. Indeed, that was the first conclusion of investigators, particularly once they discovered that she had completely cleared her computer’s hard drive and deleted her Facebook account.
However, Metcalf told AL.com that at the time everything had seemed fine. Indeed, she’d had no reason to suspect that her daughter would run away. Freeman had, after all, been homeschooled and apparently got on with her family perfectly well.
One of the early theories, then, surrounded the possibility that Freeman had run away to meet someone whom she had met online. The teenager was a member of several online chatrooms, although the nature of the discussions she had taken part in was never disclosed.