Mother: Former Red Wing teen 'brainwashed' by professed vampire
Friends and family of a former Red Wing teen became fearful after she allegedly ran off with Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey, the self-proclaimed vampire who in 2006 ran for Minnesota governor.
"He's completely brainwashed her," said Jillian Moen, mother of 16-year-old Paige Brewer.
Moen said her daughter slipped away with Sharkey, 45, sometime Sunday morning while staying at Moen's mother's house in Faribault, Minn. Since then, people claiming to be Sharkey and Brewer have been posting updates on a Twin Cities media blog.
Faribault police Chief Dan Collins said he has "no reason to doubt" that Sharkey and Brewer are who they claim to be on the City Pages blog.
In the blog posts, Sharkey indicates his intention to marry Brewer. In her posts Brewer discusses wedding plans, as well as plans to emancipate from her mother's legal grasp.
Collins said investigators are attempting to make contact with Brewer, but are not treating the case as a missing persons case - despite protests from Moen. Collins said that since all indications are that Brewer went willingly with Sharkey, the situation did not meet the threshold for an Amber Alert.
But Collins said police do have some concerns for the man who in 2009 was convicted of harassment in Olmsted County after a Rochester teen broke off an online relationship with Sharkey.
"Anytime you have a 44-year-old (sic) man hooking up with a 16-year-old, there's a concern," Collins said.
Brewer and Moen lived in the Red Wing area between 2001 and 2007, Moen said. During that time, she said Brewer attended Concordia Lutheran school and Twin Bluff Middle School.
Moen said she has been in e-mail contact with Brewer and that she does not fear for her daughter's safety, but said a blog comment by the person purporting to be Sharkey made her fearful for her own life.
"I was nervous enough to call the FBI," she said.
According to a post on the City Pages blog, Sharkey intends to run for governor again this year.
The Red Wing Republican Eagle is owned by Forum Communications, also the parent company of the Woodbury Bulletin.