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Missing Teen's Car Found in Herndon

A 17-year-old Loudoun County girl has been missing since Friday, Dec. 12. Christa Rogaliner was last seen, by her parents, Friday at 8 a.m., when she presumably left for school, according to Leesburg Police. She was later seen at Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling at noon.

According to an e-mail sent out by her parents, she had driven to the mall in a 1993 green Ford Escort wagon and developed car trouble along the way. She was described as very distraught by associates in the mall. She was given directions to a local auto parts store in Sterling and left the mall with her package.

Leesburg Police Lt. Jeff Dube said the car she was driving was found on Shaker Woods Road in Herndon Saturday, Dec. 13, at approximately 11 a.m., by Fairfax County Police.

Her parents' e-mail reports that, according to neighbors, the car was parked in a turn lane at a 45-degree angle and must have been left in neutral gear as it apparently rolled into a ditch and became stuck. The car was found unlocked with the keys in the ignition and her package still in the back seat.

Her family was notified and retrieved the vehicle. Friends and family have had no word from her.

Leesburg Police are heading up the investigation into Christa’s disappearance. Police are actively pursuing all leads.

Christa is a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, has reddish-brown hair, green eyes and a medium build. She wears braces and occasionally wire-rimmed glasses. She is possibly wearing a yellow and navy blue Tommy Hilfiger jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Leesburg Police Department, 703-771-4500, or the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS.