Vanished Alabama Teen Reemerges After 1 Year
A teenage girl from Alabama who was reported missing in December after telling her parents she was taking out the trash has been located living some 1,300 miles away in Texas.
Myra Alissia Freeman disappeared without a trace from her family's residence in Highland Home, Alabama, on December 13.
The teen, who goes by her middle name, made contact with her mother this week for the first time from El Paso, Texas, near the border with Mexico via video chat.
Her mother, Vicky Metcalf, immediately set off to be with her and were reunited, later posting a smiling selfie with the teenager during the occasion.
The Freeman family, who had sought help on finding the teen online since her disappearance, has not disclosed information on where she has been.
Law enforcement officials have also not released answers as to what she had been doing with her time, whether she had left her family willingly or why she initiated contact with them after so long.
"All I care about is the fact that my niece has been found. She's safe, she's alive. Right now that's the biggest focus and that's the only thing we're going to focus on.
"We'll get the answers in time," said her uncle, Calvin Thornton, Click 2 Houston reports.
Released pictures of Alissia show her smiling and looking healthy in an El Paso restaurant.
On April 17, her family informed the followers of the Facebook page set up to help find her that "We wanted to let you all know that we have talked to Alissia today. Praise God!
"She is safe and okay! We know you all will have lots of questions, but right now all we can say is that she is alright and that is what is most important.
"Thank you all so very much for standing in prayer with us for her safety!
"We can’t tell you how much it has and will always mean to us! Thank you!" the Facebook post reads.
When she originally disappeared, detectives said an adult male may be involved with her vanishing and stated she might be in the need of medical attention.
Information on whether she had a phone or money with her when she went missing, has not been disclosed.
Metcalfe has stood up against "ugly" messages on Facebook slamming her daughter.
"She is just trying to heal now. No one has any right to say anything negative to her or about her," she said.