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Tara Lyn Poorman has been missing since Dec. 12. ((Kay family))

A distraught Regina family is continuing its search for a teenage girl — 19 days after she disappeared.

Tara Lyn Poorman, 17, was last seen leaving a party on Dec. 12.

Her family has searched the city daily, put up posters, and contacted all her friends.

Poorman's mother, Shellyn Kay, said she and the police have received anonymous tips, but so far they haven't brought them any closer to finding her.

Kay is convinced her daughter is in trouble and it's not a case of her running away. Some callers have told her that her daughter is being kept against her will, she said.

"She's an absolutely awesome person, and I'm not just saying that because I am her mother," she said. "Well-liked, she did a lot of volunteer work in North Central, she loves children."

The two are very close and her daughter would certainly call her if she could, she said. She's hoping the public will contact the police with information.

Poorman, a Cochrane High School student, is 5 foot 3 and wears glasses.

"I'm begging for assistance," Kay said. "This is not something my daughter would do. I'm scared for her."

Until there's news, Kay is keeping a candle lit in front of her daughter's picture.

"Tara is afraid of the dark," she said. "I was told to keep the candle burning to help her find her way home."