Police Say Missing 16-Year-Old Found Unharmed In Mexico
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police in Nashville said a 16-year-old girl reported missing last week has been found unharmed.
Officials with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said Monday that Karla Hernandez-Santiago voluntarily traveled to Mexico to visit relatives. No other details were released.
Her mother had reported her missing last Tuesday afternoon after she did not come home. Police said a witness saw her get into into a white 4-door car driven by a Hispanic male at the intersection of Dickerson Pike and Queen Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Her mother said she had sent Karla to a nearby elementary school around 1 p.m. to check on a sibling's assignment. The mother told police she became concerned when the teen had not returned home by 2:30 p.m. and reported her missing.
Police said Karla did not take any of her belongings with her, including a cell phone or a change of clothes.
"We don't have any information or any indication that she's in any danger at this point, or any unusual circumstances or foul play," said Metro Police Lt. Gordon Howey.
Her family said she has had issues with school. She is a junior at Maplewood High School.
Police said the teen has been known to visit with friends in the past. However, friends and family said they had not had any contact with her.
Police used K-9s and the department's aviation unit to canvass the nearby area on Thursday morning. Police officers also walked around the neighborhood Thursday handing out flyers.