Two Barrow girls reported missing, last seen Saturday

STATHAM - Two teenagers have been reported missing after one called her mother saying she was on her way home, then never returned.

The 16-year-old friends, Deanna Malpass and Gabrielle Rainwater, reportedly left Rainwater's home in Statham about 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sgt. Thomas Hinson, spokesman for the Statham Police Department, said Rainwater was expected home Saturday evening. Sunday evening, he said, she called her mother to say she was on her way.

"We have particular cause for alarm based on that phone call," Hinson said. "The phone call was very brief. She would not tell her mother where she was, but she said she wanted to come home, that she was on her way home."

Rainwater also told her mother that she was receiving strange looks from an old man and was uncomfortable, Hinson said.

Hinson said both Rainwater and Malpass are considered to be in danger. Malpass was reported missing by the Barrow County Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Murray Kogod, spokesman for the department, did not return a phone call seeking more information about Malpass.

Rainwater is black, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a short black coat, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and carrying a pink purse. Malpass is white. No other details about her description were available.

Hinson said he has reason to believe the two are still together. They may be in a 1993 light green four-door Ford Taurus with the Georgia tag 829CGP.

Anyone with information about the girls' whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Statham Police Department at 770-725-5992.