Teenager Kaelyn Phillips, who was reported missing earlier this week, has been found safe in North Carolina. The 16-year-old disappeared from Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia, sparking an extensive search operation. Authorities, along with volunteers, put concerted efforts into the search, which culminated in her safe discovery. The circumstances of her whereabouts during the missing period have not been disclosed, but her family and the community are expressing relief at her return.
The search for Kaelyn began when she was last seen at the family’s campground at 1:30am. Her father, Kayne Phillips, alerted Kaelyn’s mother, Misty Phillips, of the situation. The discovery of an open back door on the RV and Kaelyn’s belongings, including her purse, medication, and electronic devices, left undisturbed, prompted immediate concern. The family involved law enforcement, including the Winder Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and the FBI, and sought the public’s help through social media and local media.
*“Through a tip from the coverage and support here and support of multiple agencies, the GBI has located Kaelyn.”* Misty Phillips posted on Facebook, sharing the news of her daughter’s location. The family has requested privacy following the developments and expressed their thanks for the overwhelming support received during the search.
On Wednesday morning, the Winder Police Department announced that Kaelyn had been found with no indication of foul play in her disappearance. The specifics of how she was found were not provided, but the police confirmed that she was secured at a police station across state lines.
Although Kaelyn has been found, the investigation by the Winder Police Department and the GBI continues to piece together the details of her disappearance. The successful resolution of Kaelyn’s case highlights the importance of community and law enforcement collaboration in missing persons cases.