More than a week after teacher went missing, her mother begs for clues.
The mother of a Manhattan public school teacher who disappeared more than a week ago made a desperate plea Friday for help finding her daughter.
"The only reason I continue to talk publicly is just so there might be some connection that someone will have seen her, have some clue, some word that we haven't thought of, or the police haven't thought of," said the Rev. Barbara Bellus, 59, the mother of Hannah Upp.
Upp, 23, has been missing since Aug. 29 - just before the start of the school year.
"She's never taken off in this way at all before. I cannot imagine what has happened," Bellus said.
"It's beyond anything I can comprehend or guess. It's terrible. Your imagination runs wild in all different directions."
Upp was last seen at her Hamilton Heights apartment, fresh from the shower as she got ready for a day at nearby Thurgood Marshall Academy.
Her friends said they do not think Upp fled, especially because her wallet, MetroCard, clothes and cell phone were left in the apartment.
There were some signs, however, that the 2007 graduate of Pennsylvania's Bryn Mawr College was struggling in her new life.
One source said Upp - an NYC Teaching Fellow who was about to get her own classroom - skipped work the day before she disappeared.
Instead of excitedly prepping her classroom for a new academic year, Upp went to a movie by herself in Times Square on Aug. 28 and withdrew $40 from a nearby ATM, the source said.
The principal of Thurgood Marshall declined to comment, and education sources said Upp was at school that day.
The United Federation of Teachers offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Upp's return.
Upp recently posted an article about the problems of the New York City public schools on her blog, but friends said she loved teaching Spanish to middle school students.
"To my knowledge, she may have been more frustrated than unhappy," said college friend Hannah Wood, 22. "I think that she found it hard, but she really enjoyed what she was doing. I think she really felt that she was making some sort of difference."
Cops said there is no evidence of foul play. They have checked every apartment in the building where she lives, as well as the roof, basement, backyard and area parks.