Family worried after DeLand woman takes off with man in stolen car

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DELAND, Fla. —

A DeLand mother said she's worried for her daughter's safety after Shannan Tucker, 18, took off for New York in a stolen car with a man police want to question in an Apopka missing person's case.

Daniel Craven was arrested last Friday in New York on suspicion of driving a stolen car from Volusia County up to New York.

Last Friday, investigators dug through Craven's old Apopka home, looking for any new clues in the disappearance of Ron Justice, who has been missing since 2011.

Tucker's family members said they are worried.

Police said Craven stole a relative's car Easter Sunday and left with Tucker.

Tucker went with him willingly, but her mother believes Tucker's text messages show her daughter is scared.

"'I want to be home. I'm physically and mentally exhausted,'" read Tucker's mother, Jennifer Tucker.

Jennifer Tucker said when she's on the phone with her daughter, she can hear Craven telling her daughter not to tell her too much.

Lake Helen police told WFTV they were working with upstate New York police on the stolen car case, but officials can't bring Craven back to Florida because Lake Helen police haven't issued a warrant for his arrest.

Shannan Tucker's family said Craven was making questionable statements before he left.

"At that point I didn't think anything of comments, like he was 'on borrowed time,' just thought he was talking crap," Jennifer Tucker said.

Thinking back, Jennifer Tucker said it makes her worry even more.

"Shannan, I love you, you're in danger, please come home," Jennifer Tucker said.

Police in upstate New York said they are in contact with the Orange County Sheriff's Office and with police in Lake Helen, where the car was stolen.

The Sheriff's Office wouldn't comment on the case when WFTV asked about Craven's latest charge.