Missing girl from south-central Missouri found safe in Hannibal

Posted: Jul. 3, 2014 6:57 pm Updated: Jul. 24, 2014 8:15 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A teenage girl missing for five months from a small south-central Missouri town was found safe Tuesday in Hannibal.

Kylie Marie Long was last seen getting into a yellow sports utility vehicle Jan. 28 near Houston, Mo. Detective. Joby Hoops of the Texas County Sheriff's Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon to the St. James Leader Journal that Long had been located in Hannibal.

"It had a positive outcome," Hoops told the Leader Journal.

Hoops said that as of Wednesday afternoon, he had not talked to Long directly.

Hoops said the Texas County Sheriff's Department received a tip that Long, now 16, was staying at a residence with a man in Knox?County.

Hoops said an officer with the Knox County Sheriff's Department went to investigate at the residence, and the man said he had taken Long to Hannibal and "dumped her at Wal-Mart."

Knox County Sheriff Allen Gudehus was not available for comment mid-day Thursday.

Hoops said the Division of Family Services had been contacted about Long being located.

When Cindy Turner, Long's grandmother, was contacted Wednesday by the Leader Journal, she said Long was taken to a hospital in the Hannibal area.

The Texas County Sheriff's Department learned that Long did not return to her foster care home Jan. 28 and was last seen walking away from a school in?Houston with another student. Hoops said an AMBER Alert was not issued for Long when she first was reported missing because requirements for the alert had not been met.

"We had to prove that she was abducted and not a runaway," Hoops told the Leader Journal.