UPDATE: Utah teen found after police believe she was kidnapped

Sep 13, 2022, 4:10 PM | Updated: Sep 14, 2022, 9:52 am


(FILE photo KSL TV)

(FILE photo KSL TV)

UPDATE: Police say the 14-year-old girl has been located and is with family.

“THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SHARED THE POSTS AND HELPED TO FIND HER!!” read a Tuesday Facebook post from the Grantsville City Police Department.

The original story continues below.

GRANTSVILLE, Utah — A Utah girl previously reported missing is now considered part of a kidnapping, Grantsville police said Tuesday.

Sgt. Jeff Watson said the 14-year-old was originally reported as a runaway, but because of who she is now with, police are changing the status of her case to a kidnapping.

“We believe she is in the company of at least two other people, possibly one male and one female, possibly adults, and we believe their intent is to leave the state and possibly the country without parent consent,” Watson said.

He said the girl’s age and circumstances changed how police are classifying the missing case. Watson said the two people are not related to the missing teen.

“If anybody did see her, they should just call 9-1-1. If possible, take a photograph of her or any vehicles,” Watson said.

The girl — described at 4 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes and a nose ring — was last seen at her home on Sept. 10, according to Watson, shortly before 11 p.m.

It is believed the people with the 14-year-old are using a vehicle of some kind but police are not yet prepared to release an identification of the make or model.

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UPDATE: Utah teen found after police believe she was kidnapped