Linda says her life became a living nightmare on November 8, 2015, when her 15-year-old daughter went out to walk the dog and didn’t return. A massive search was launched and continued for the next 23 days until her daughter was found 700 miles away in the home of a 41-year-old man whom her daughter says she met online.

WATCH: Teen Gives Account Of What She Says Happened When She Ran Away With A 41-Year-Old Man She Met Online


In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, the teen revealed what she says drove her to run away from her home with a man she had only been communicating with for three weeks.


After watching her daughter’s interview with Dr. Phil and learning that one of the reasons the teen says she ran away was the death of her stepfather, for which she says she partly blames herself, Linda responds.


“I’m really sorry that she felt that way, and I didn’t know that she felt that way,” she says, fighting back tears.


“I’ve always said that children have this unique ability to figure out why things in life that go badly are their fault, and she’s certainly done that here,” Dr. Phil says.

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This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.