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Pregnant teen still missing one week later

A Longview teenager who is 24 weeks pregnant has now been been missing for more than a week, and her parents said Monday she may have fled to Iowa.

Katelynn Bastedo, 15, was last seen at Mark Morris High School on Monday, Nov. 16. Michael Bastedo, Katelynn’s father, said he believes his daughter initially left home to be with her 18-year-old boyfriend, David Fitch, who acknowledges he is the father of Katelynn’s unborn child.

Now the Bastedos are worried their daughter may have taken a bus to Iowa to stay with David’s relative. Michael Bastedo said Monday his wife, AnnaMarie Bastedo, received a call from a Mark Morris student who told the family Katelynn is in Iowa. They didn’t know how she may have gone to Iowa.

Katelynn, whose pregnancy is considered high risk, has missed two medical appointments since leaving home. Michael Bastedo said Katelynn has reduced mental capacity. Katelynn and her older brother both were born a month early, and AnnaMarie Bastedo said she is worried Katelynn also could go into labor early.

Katelynn also has a heart condition that could complicate the pregnancy, but AnnaMarie Bastedo couldn’t elaborate.

“We don’t know what to do,” she said of finding her daughter.

Robin Fitch, David’s mother, said she hasn’t seen or heard from Katelynn, and her son hasn’t left home. David Fitch said he hasn’t heard from his girlfriend since she disappeared, and he doesn’t know where she might have gone.

“I’m really worried about her. I don’t know where she’s at,” he said. “I just wish she would message me telling me she’s OK at least.”

He said girlfriend told him about a month ago that she wanted to run away to escape trouble at home.

Michael Bastedo acknowledged that he and his daughter’s relationship has been strained since his daughter met Fitch last year during her freshman year of high school.

“We battled. She wouldn’t listen to anything I said,” Michael Bastedo said Monday.

To cope with his daughter’s disappearance, Michael Bastedo said he’s taking three weeks off work to focus on finding Katelynn.

But AnnaMarie Bastedo said they’re not sure where to begin looking.

“I have to stay strong,” she said. “I have to realize we will get her back sooner or later.

Michael Bastedo said he’d like his daughter to know they can work things out if she returns home.

“If I would’ve known (Katelynn) was going to leave, I would’ve worked it out somehow,” he said. “I don’t want my kid gone for the rest of my life over a kid that we don’t like. This can be worked out.”

Longview police were unavailable to comment Monday.

Contact Daily News reporter

Sarah Grothjan

at

sgrothjan@tdn.com

or 360-577-2541.

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