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A Mount Eden teen reported missing has been located and returned to her family, according to the Spencer County Sheriff's office.
Few details are currently known regarding the case, but a call to the sheriff's office Friday confirmed that the girl had been located and returned to her father, John Ray, in Mount Eden.
Spencer County Sheriff Donald "Buddy" Stump was out of the office until Monday and Anderson County Sheriff's Deputies that worked the case as well were not in the office until Monday, either. A call to Ray's home has also not been returned.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office joined the search Wednesday for the girl who apparently took off with a 19-year-old man, Ray said.
The location of the phone signal was deep in a river bottom area off Anderson City Road that is inaccessible by vehicle. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office was seen bringing in ATVs in an effort to access the area.
Ray said he used a game system to “ping” the 19-year-old’s cell phone. He said by the time deputies began their search, a laptop computer he was carrying showed that the phone was in Ohio.
Ray said witnesses saw his daughter with the 19-year-old loading her clothes into the man’s car early Monday morning. He said the girl took $1,700 in cash out of the house and took off.
“I don’t care about the money,” he said, adding that his daughter left her cell phone at home. “I’m just out here trying to find her.”
Ray said he had only met the 19-year-old recently and that he lied about his age.
“When I found out I told them they could just be friends,” he said. “They’ve been running around, but they’re not supposed to be.”
Ray said his daughter’s disappearance has been particularly hard on his family.
“My wife’s just sitting at home, staring at the walls,” he said. “She’s totally whacked.”
Ray said the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office has filed an all points bulletin on his daughter, and has an order for custodial interference against the 19-year-old. Orders have also been issued, he said, against his daughter for theft and for being a runaway.
The Spencer County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Ray filed a missing persons report on Monday, but because Ray's daughter is a juvenile, the report cannot be released.
Just because a juvenile is missing doesn't mean an amber alert would be issued. There are certain guidelines to issue an amber alert, according to AmberAlert.gov, including an abduction confirmed by law enforcement and the risk of serious bodily harm or death.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website, there are no active amber alerts in Kentucky at this time.
Check Wednesday's paper for additional details.
—Magnet Editor Shannon Brock and reporter Mallory Bilger contributed to this report.