My thoughts :
Camping is would not be on my list and here is why :
1.) The car - Taking into account that she does not know how to drive (or barely knows how to) I would say she needed to be somewhere very fast , and
was risking the fact that she might have an accident in favor of getting somewhere fast .
2.) Flashlight - She needed the extra light for something , be it to navigate dark places (as in buildings or underground places , etc..) or she was
assuming the light would be helpful out in the wild/country because of the night .
3.) Not telling where she went - Might imply that she could not tell (because of gear of something ) or did not want to distress the family and/or
risk the fact that she would be detained at home .
4.) Being a "good child" and a A grade student - This would imply that she knew (or at least assumed that she knew) what she was doing . If she was a
good student I would also assume she is an intelligent person so she would think (at least to a point) logically . She probably knows You will be
looking for her , and if this is a bad situation she would have left a way to find her just in case . (At least if she was thinking straight)
My conclusion : I would assume that she had to help out somebody in a situation , and needed the light and a fast mode of transportation in order to
be successful .
My questions : How anxious was she to get the flashlights operational ? Did she try to hurry You up while You tried to fix them ? Did she look like
she was in a hurry ?
I would say go over her things in her room and check for anything unusual , also try and trace back her steps from the time she went out of the house
to the time she showed up asking for the flashlights (as in friends, school behavior , if she was seen or acted different than normal)
If I think of something else I will let You know . Best Luck!
Edit: If the phone is still operational , demand that the cops trace the location of the phone (this is doable without a problem ) , are You able to
tell us what she was wearing or if something specific is missing from her room (like blankets , extra clothing , money , first aid kit , etc ..)
Also , check the cameras of nearby gas stations , or shops that have outside security cameras on the way from your home , she might have passed by
one , and this would at least give you the general direction in which she went and the speed of the car (as in if she was in a hurry or driving
edit on 23/11/10 by Thill because: (no reason given)