GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Mattawan-area teenager reported missing last week has been found, investigators say.
The 17-year-old, whose name News 8 is no longer using because she is a minor, was discovered safe in Georgia, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The agency said it is in contact with Georgia authorities to return her home.
The teen was believed to have climbed out a window at her home in Almena Township early Friday and taken off. The sheriff’s office said she logged out of a family tracking app and turned off her phone. She left a note saying she would be gone for four to seven days and that she would be safe. She promised to come back, but the letter also contained mentions of suicide, deputies said.
The sheriff’s office said it worked with a number of agencies and ultimately got a tip about a possible suspect in Georgia. It then worked with other agencies to find the teen. It said the case remains under investigation.