Last night, Em Rusciano endured four of the hardest hours of her life.
The radio host and singer suffered the sickening experience of filing a missing persons report for her eldest daughter, 15-year-old Marchella.
“Last night I knew terror for a few hours that I hope to never feel again,” the 37-year-old, who is also mum to little Odette, five years Marchella’s junior, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday morning.
The “Versions of Me” singer said the incident occurred when her teenager faced the task of getting herself to athletics training on public transport for the first time.
“She wanted that independence, so we agreed to let her do it,” Em explained. “I asked her coach to let me know when she arrived, just so I knew, but she wouldn’t feel I was checking up on her.”
When Marchella didn’t arrive to practice, her mother tried to call her mobile. It was turned off.
“No one could find her,” her mum recounted. “I spoke to her friends, they checked all her social media accounts for me. Still, nothing.”
Perhaps most troubling was the fact that the incident was “completely out of character” for Marchella, who Em describes as “the most sensible, reliable, smart kid I’ve ever met”.
“No one had seen her since 4pm. It was 7:30pm.”