The 16-year-old girl who went missing a month ago – prompting one Minnesota police chief to write a heartfelt letter, imploring her to come home – has been found safe.
Audrey Lukes went missing from her home in Montgomery, Minnesota, on Feb. 22. She had not been back since.
Days before her 16th birthday, Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander wrote a letter saying in part, "I don't know your past and it doesn't matter to me. What matters is your safety and if you are running from something, it's not going away. You'll need to handle whatever it is and we are here to help if we can."
And then on Thursday afternoon, good news – Lukes has been found safe.
Sjolander, in an update on Facebook, said he was told by another police department she'd been found safe and well, and will return to her hometown.
"She was not found in Kenyon or in our surrounding area, and I want to take a moment and thank everyone for the kind words, leads, and all the hard work that went into helping find her. ... Thanks again and please take this moment to hug the young people in your lives."
According to a Facebook post from the City of Montgomery, Lukes was "located safe in Duluth."
No other details have been released, but officials have thanked other law enforcement agencies and the public for their help.
GoMN has reached out to the Montgomery Police Department for more information.