Multi-agency search conducted for missing teen

edited Tuesday at 8:15 pm

Found near home after long search

Deputies from Greene and Carroll Counties and volunteers from the Jefferson, Churdan, Scranton and Grand Junction fire departments spent more than 10 hours searching for a 14-year-old girl who walked away from her home in the 1300 block of K Ave just south of Highway 30 between Jefferson and Scranton Sunday afternoon and didn’t return.

According to information from Greene County chief deputy Jack Williams, Janelle Brophy went walking at about 2:30 pm Sunday, headed toward a wooded area. The LEC was notified at 5:30 that she hadn’t returned and a search ensued. The search went on until 3:30 am Monday, and then started again at 7:30.

Williams reported she walked out of the woods on her own at about 10 am.  She apparently had lost her way and waited for daylight to find her way out.

Williams explained on Tuesday that the search Sunday night had concentrated on the area southwest of her home, as it had been reported she headed west when she left home. She had gone east and was about a mile and half southeast of her home when she got lost. She told deputies she curled up on the ground near the river train bridge.

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