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By Stan Finger
Wichita Eagle 

Missing Planeview teen found safe in Park City


WICHITA - A 14-year-old girl whose disappearance early this morning sparked a massive search has been found in Park City, police said.

Katelyn Barrett was found "safe and unharmed" at about 1 p.m., Lt. Doug Nolte said.

"Investigators will continue to investigate the circumstances as to where she was," Nolte said in a prepared statement.

Katelyn, who arrived in Wichita on Sunday from Minnesota, was found at a house in the 5800 block of North Forestor Drive in Park City, authorities said. She and a male have been taken to the Exploited and Missing Children Unit offices for questioning.

She was reported missing early this morning from the 3600 block of East Dunham in Planeview, police said.

She told family that she couldn't sleep and was going outside to get some air.

She was classified as an "endangered runaway," Nolte said at a police briefing this morning, but police had no information suggesting she had disappeared of her own accord.

"She wanted to be here" in Wichita so she could live with her mother, he said.

On her Facebook page, Katelyn sounded like a person eager to make a fresh start.

“im a young gyrl who is gonna live her life to the fullest every day of my life until the day i die which wont be for a very very very long time and will love every minute of my life and everyone in it...

“My name is Katelyn... Im trying to turn my life around frum all the trouble making so i can be trusted more :)”

Her Facebook page indicates she had been living in Warroad, a small town in northern Minnesota near the border with Canada.

Police used K-9 units and the police helicopter to search an area covering several square miles, with the girl's home as "ground zero," Nolte said.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority was contacted because of the turnpike's proximity to the neighborhood, Nolte said.

While she was out walking, police say, she was exchanging texts with her younger brother, who was at the house. Her last text came at about 1 a.m., Nolte said.

When she stopped responding to his texts, the brother woke their mother.

She called her daughter's cell phone, but it went straight to voice mail. She then called 911, shortly before 1:30 a.m. It's not like Katelyn to be out of touch, the mother told police.

She was wearing green flip flops, brown shorts and a yellow shirt with the words "El Dorado" on it. She is Native American and has brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. She is 5-feet-7 and about 120 pounds.



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