Teen missing in Arizona since March 2020 found in South Alabama

Published 6:19 am Friday, January 7, 2022

A teenager who had been listed as a missing person in Arizona since March of 2020 was located in Andalusia on Tuesday and is being returned to her home state.

Chief Paul Hudson said the Andalusia Police Department received a tip earlier the day that the teen, who was using an assumed name, had been living in Andalusia for several months. APD investigators and B Shift Patrol started investigating the information. They were able to obtain sufficient information to execute a search warrant at a residence where the teen was believed to be staying and proved the tip to be true.

The teenager was taken into custody and turned over to the Alabama Department of Youth Services while awaiting action from the State of Arizona, where the teen, a minor, was a ward of the state.

Chief Hudson said it is believed the teen, accompanied by a relative, came to Andalusia by bus several months ago, to live with another relative.

No charges have been filed in the case.