LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A mother and father are desperate for answers after their teen daughter, Helen Parr, has been missing now for 50 days. With no developments in where she might be, they're now asking for help from the public.

“Life is just empty without her,” said Helen’s dad Robert Parr.

“We are absolutely afraid,” said her mom Micki Parr.

Without their 17-year-old daughter, Micki and Robert Parr say their lives have come to a standstill.

“We're going on next week being two months and we've had absolutely no leads,” Micki said.

“First word that comes to mind is nightmare,” added Robert.

Helen Parr was last seen at her home on September 2, 2016 near the Louisville Zoo. Her parents say it’s completely out of character for her to run away. However, they say if this situation happened three years ago it wouldn’t come as quite a shock because she was mixed up with the wrong crowd. But since that time, Micki says Helen turned her life around and even spoke to youth groups about staying away from drugs and bad influences.

Even more terrifying than Helen’s disappearance, her parents said, is that no clues or tips have given police or private investigators a direction in which to move.

“I have a lot of faith. I don't know, if I didn't have my faith, I don't think I could do any of this,” Micki said.

All day Saturday the family was at the Zoo passing out fliers with pictures of Helen hoping someone may recognize her. The Parrs said they’ve been overwhelmed by all the support they’ve received, especially from the Missing Pieces Network and Help Save the Girl Next Door – both are organizations that help locate missing people.

But when the business of the day is over, Helen's mom and dad say their deepest thoughts and fears come out in the silence of the night.

“None of us are sleeping well. None of us are,” Micki said.

“Until we find her, this is never going to stop for us,” Robert said.

And they pray for the day they can hold her in their arms again.

“Come home to safety, come home to love. What are we going to do without you? I mean, I can't even fathom that. I'm not going to fathom that right now,” Micki said.

The Parr family is also very concerned for their daughter because she has a heart condition and needs medication.

If you have any information on where she might be, you're asked to call Louisville Police at 502-574-2111. Anonymous tips can also be reported to a private investigator at 502-618-9337.

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