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Sandy Kountz is grief-stricken.

It’s hard for the Elk Grove mom just to get out of bed, much less talk about her 17-year-old daughter’s disappearance. She hasn’t seen Katie for 10 agonizing days.

“I can barely get up,” she said with tears. “Call me. It can’t be that bad. Please, please. I love you.”

Kountz and her husband, Hank, believe their daughter took off with cash in hand and her dad’s credit cards.

She was later captured on surveillance at the Walmart in Elk Grove, with people her family doesn’t know.

“You see her getting out of the car, and she’s driving. She does not drive. She doesn’t know how to drive,” her mother said of the surveillance photos.

The trio is then seen inside Walmart, where they purchased two $1,000 money orders.

“All of her friends are telling me she meets these guys on the Internet. This particular guy she did met on the Internet,” Kountz said.

Kountz is talking about an adult man Katie took off with two weeks earlier. He instructed her to bring money. The man took it and dumped her off at a Vallejo motel room, unharmed. She went home.

Then, less than a week later, Kountz is again left worrying about the strange men her daughter may be with, and the danger she may be in.

“Whatever it is, just please, please call us. Katie needs to be home with her mom and dad,” she said.

Elk Grove Police have searched for Katie with no success.

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