UPDATE: Authorities in St. Johns County have found Caressa Lynette Mercer, who was reported missing from her home in Palm Coast Saturday morning. Mercer has been taken to a local hospital to be checked out.
PALM COAST, Fla. -- A Flagler County mother reported her 25 year-old mentally disabled daughter missing Saturday morning.
She has not been located, and police need the public's help to find her.
She was reported missing from her home by her mother shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Margaret Mercer reported to deputies that her daughter, Caressa Lynnette Mercer, left the home sometime after 3 a.m. Saturday morning. She told deputies her daughter was upset because her father, an over-the-road trucker, left on January 6 and did not take their daughter with him.
According to the mother, Caressa has the mental capacity of a 5 or 6-year-old child and has run away several times in the past.
She is reportedly obsessed with food and has been located in the past at restaurants and shelters. She is a very trusting and willing to accept rides from anyone.
Caressa is a white female approximately 5'5'' tall, 120 lbs. and has short blonde hair.
Store surveillance video from the Kangaroo gas station at the corner of Palm Coast Parkway N.E. and Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast shows Caressa inside the store at 6:10 a.m.
At the time she was wearing dark blue sweatpants, a brown hooded jacket, white sneakers with blue trim and carrying several Winn Dixie shopping bags. She no longer wears glasses as shown in her photo.
Air support and a bloodhound from the St. John's County Sheriff's Offices are assisting in the search. She has been entered as missing and endangered in State and National missing person databases.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff's Office at 386-313-4911 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477. Calls made to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and you may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.