Family holds out hope for missing teen

Abdullahi Sharif was last seen days ago at the Des Moines Target where he works. Investigators say his disappearance is unusual.

DES MOINES, Iowa (NBC News) — It’s been days since a now weary Fadumo Ahmed last saw her 18-year-old son Abdullahi Sharif.

“Four days, never sleeping, never anything. Oh my God,” Fadumo says.

Abdullahi, who is often called “Abdi” by his family and friends, was last seen on surveillance video Friday night at Target inside Des Moines, Iowa’s Merle Hay Mall. It is a place he’s worked at for nearly two years.

“At that time we had a couple investigative leads that we thought looked pretty promising. We thought we’d run those out, and unfortunately they didn’t go anywhere,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Investigators say Abdi’s cell phone is either off or disabled. They say evidence shows Abdi spends time at three places almost exclusively: his job at Target, with family at home in Des Moines and at Roosevelt High School, where he is a senior.

“He had three numbers in his phone that he calls all the time. All family,” Parizek says.

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