A girl called the Register on Wednesday afternoon and identified herself as Alayna Lynn Reinbold, a teen reported missing since November.
The caller, who revealed information that matched unpublished details surrounding Reinbold's disappearance, said she ran away to escape an unhappy home life.
The search for Reinbold, 15, of Fremont, gained attention from local police after her mother said she believed her daughter was with a 29-year-old convicted sex offender who lives in Sandusky.
Those allegations are untrue, the caller said.
"I'm not with anybody in Sandusky," she said, adding she has not talked with that man since she left home.
The caller said she is staying in Fremont with friends, and she is being take care of.
"Basically the only reason I was (at home) was to baby-sit," she said, adding that she watched her younger siblings, ages 5 and 11, for the last two years. "I hated it there, I could not stand it."
In addition, a split between her parents when she was a year old and custody disputes have been tough, the caller said.
"I'm really close with my dad so that was really hard," she said.
Reinbold's mother, Leigh Ann Jackson, had not heard from her daughter. She acknowledged there had been some stress at home.
"She kept living on hopes that she could go back to her dad," Jackson said. "It was like she blamed me for the things that were going on with her dad."
Reinbold would baby-sit, but Jackson contends she gave her plenty of opportunities to enjoy normal life as a teenager.
"I just want people to know that I'm OK," the caller said. "I don't want anybody to think that I'm a bad person. I just got out of a bad situation, that's all."
Police said they continue to investigate all leads into Reinbold's Nov. 27 disappearance.
"That (phone call) could really have a big impact on the investigation," said Fremont police Det. James Reaster. "This is the first I've heard of her calling anybody."
Tips filter in daily, but none have led to finding the teen, Reaster said.
"We still got to deal with it as if it's real," said Sandusky police Lt. Phil Frost. "We would like her to come forward and confirm that it is her."
Until police can prove that call was Reinbold, or any other tips about her whereabouts, the investigation will continue, he said.