GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Gaston County Police are actively searching for a 15-year-old girl that has been missing since May.

Dessee Lowery was reportedly last seen when she was dropped off for school next to Bessemer City High on the morning of May 24, police say. She did not attend class that day.

At the time, Lowery was living with friends at Joe Cloninger Road in Dallas, North Carolina.

Police say they believe Lowery is a runaway. She has reportedly spoken on the phone with her mother since her disappearance, telling her she is not coming home. Law enforcement attempts at contacting her have been unsuccessful.

Lowery is described as a white female with long brown hair, blue eyes, 5'5" tall and around 250 lbs. She reportedly has piercings in her nose and tongue.