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Have you seen Chaeli Baughan? Runaway teen last seen at Ashland YMCA

Chaeli Baughan
Posted at 5:16 PM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-16 17:13:16-05

ASHLAND, Va. -- Authorities now believe the missing 15-year-old girl last seen at the YMCA in Ashland Saturday morning planned to run away from home.

Police said Chaeli Baughan was reported missing Saturday at 1 p.m., according to Ashland Police.

"Although we still do not have any information that indicates that she left the Patrick Henry YMCA yesterday morning under any duress or foul play, this does not make her any less vulnerable," police said in an update Sunday afternoon. "Searches of the immediate area both visually and with infrared technology were not successful and available video footage from private camera systems in the area have not resulted in any leads at this time."

Police said they checked with area motels and hotels as well as open businesses without success.

Chaeli Baughan
Chaeli Baughan

Officers described Chaeli as a white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Police released a new photo of the girl, which they said showed her wearing the gray sweatshirt and black sweatpants she was last seen wearing. Additionally, officers said she had her hair pulled back into a ponytail.

Chaeli Baughan
Chaeli Baughan

"The Ashland Police Department and her family are very much concerned about her safety and are asking for the community’s assistance in bringing her home safe," officers said. "We encourage our friends on social media to share this post and her picture."

Anyone with information about Chaeli's whereabouts is is urged to call 804-730-6140. People with info who wish to remain anonymous can submit a tip at ashlandpolice.us.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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