FBI joins in search for missing Parma girl

PARMA, Ohio - An unusual sight Wednesday along a normally peaceful street.

FBI agents going door to door along Augustine Drive, assisting the Parma Police Department in the search for 17-year-old Katarina Bitterman.

"They asked me if I had seen this person, if I knew anything about it. They mentioned it had happened Saturday in the afternoon," said Ron Turek, neighbor.

According to Captain Kevin Riley, Bitterman’s disappearance is being treated as an endangered missing person’s case.

"We know she walked away on her own. She was seen on Saturday about 2:30 in the afternoon , she wasn’t carrying anything, she left her cell phone behind. That is the last time anyone has seen or heard from her," said Captain Riley.

Police say her parents were out of the town at the time and couldn’t get in contact with her so they reported her missing Saturday night.

A witness says Bitterman was last seen walking alone, heading eastbound from the home.

"You have to be careful all the time in this day and age. You never know, you just don’t know," said Ron Volantt, neighbor.

Katarina Bitterman is 5’5”, 120 lbs, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to please call the Parma Police Department at 440-885-1234.