Police: Missing teenager found safe in Park City
(WICHITA, Kan.)—Officials say missing teen, Katelyn Barrett, has been found safe in Park City. Police tell Eyewitness News Reporter Denise Hnytka the girl was not abducted, and they don't believe she was ever in any danger.
The teen was found in the 5800 block of Forestor in Park City. A teenager was taken into custody there. Emergency dispatchers tell us everyone will be taken to EMCU for questioning.
Wichita police say they are following new leads in the case of a girl missing since midnight.
Search teams are leaving the area surrounding her neighbrhood.
Police say they don't believe she's in the immediate area any longer, but did not explain why nor did they explain where they believe she might be.
Police say 14-year-old Katelyn Barrett left the home where she lived with her mom and younger brother in the 3600 block of E. Dunham.
She told her mom and brother she couldn't sleep and she took her phone with her.
She was texting back and forth with her brother during the walk. Around 1:00 am, he sent two more texts but never got a response from Katelyn.
Brother told his mom, who tried to call Katelyn, but it went straight to voicemail. The girl's mother called 911.
The case is being worked as a missing juvenile (endangered runaway) case.
Police say Barrett just moved back to Wichita on Sunday from Minnesota and is not familiar with the area. Police say she asked to move here because she wanted to be with her mom.
Police are concerned because they don't see the typical runaway indicators. She was communicating with family while she was gone and there is no indication of her being a 'rebellious teen'.
The information is going out nationally through a teletype to law enforcement. Turnpike authority has also been notified, along with authorities in Minnesota.
Police are searching in the area around the home and working their way outward. Then they will look to places where she might frequent.
Police are asking for information from anyone who might have seen her walking along, please call 911
Wichita police are seeking the public's help in finding a missing teenager. Police tell us 14-year-old Katelyn P. Barrett went missing early this morning.
Police have classified the case as a "Missing Endangered Runaway." Police say she moved to Wichita to be with her mother two days ago. They don't believe she would run away on her own.
Police say Barrett left her home in the 3600 block of E. Dunham around midnight. She left a note saying that she was going for a walk. She was texting a relative during her walk, but at 1:30 a.m., the texting stopped.
Barrett is of American Indian descent and has brown hair and eyes, she is 5'7" tall and weighs around 120 lbs. She was last seen wearing brown shorts, flip flops and a yellow t-shirt with the word "El Dorado" on the front.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police as soon as possible.