A constant stream of people have visited the Brooklyn, Ohio, home where 15-year-old Alexis “Lexi” Boroviak went missing more than a week ago.
“When Felix walked in the door, I thought, ‘This is real. This is happening,’ ” says Lexi’s stepfather, Britton Ramsey. “I’m in this group now.”
Lexi went missing from her home on Nov. 8. After spending most of the weekend at a friend’s house, she returned home Sunday.
“It was a normal day,” says Ramsey. At about 7:30 p.m., she took Riley, the family’s rescue dog, outside. Ten minutes later, her stepsister walked inside the house and asked why the dog was outside unattended. “Lexi just vanished,” Ramsey says. Investigators were at the house the next day.
A few days after her disappearance, Councilman Elect Angel Arroyo helped coordinate a flashlight rally for the missing 15-year-old. Survivors Knight, DeJesus and Amanda Berry were among the 300 in attendance, he says.
“They’re showing their support,” says Arroyo, a community activist who has assisted with scores of missing person cases in the area. “[Lexi’s] phone has been off and there hasn’t been any activity on her social media pages. No one has heard from her and this is where it starts to get scary.”
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But Lexi’s family hasn’t given up. Ramsey remembers the Cleveland survivors talking about how they would receive news that their families were still looking for them. If Lexi has access to the news, he wants her to know they’re going to search until they find her.
“I just want Lexi to know we love her and want her home,” he says. “We’re not going to stop looking for her.”