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18-year-old missing from group home found safe thanks to 'team effort,' police say

Police: Reports Kayla Whetzel was seen on N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
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Posted at 2:29 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 15:12:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Authorities said an 18-year-old woman who went missing from a group home in Richmond last week has been found safe.

Richmond Police said Kayla Whetzel was last seen Tuesday, March 23, in the Libbie Avenue and Monument Avenue area.

Officers said they located Whetzel Tuesday night in a "surrounding jurisdiction" and that she is safe.

"This was a team effort to locate Ms. Whetzel,” Richmond Police Acting Major Rick Edwards said. “We’d also like to thank the officers and detectives in Third and Fourth Precincts, our HOPE Unit, and members of our Major Crimes Division who helped in the search for Kayla Whetzel.”

Police also thanked the public for helping spread the word.

Officials had said Whetzel suffers from a medical condition and was in need of medication, so there was "a concern for her safety."

Additionally, police said Whetzel was not familiar with the Richmond area.

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