By Joe Johnson
A Watkinsville teen who was reported missing four months ago has been located, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday morning in a post on its Facebook Page.
“Julia Mann has been located,” the post stated. “She appears to be safe and local authorities have been notified. We will not release any further at this time. Please respect her privacy and be respectful to a teenage girl and her family. Thank you for your concern and your assistance in finding Julia.”
Mann was reported missing February 21, and during an extensive search that involved the OCSO, GBI and FBI and other agencies, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said that by all indications, the 17-year-old appeared to have left her home in the Rowan Oak subdivision on her own free will.
She had moved to her new home a few weeks earlier from Dunwoody.
Mann was last seen by her grandfather at around 10 p.m. Feb. 20 but by the next morning she was gone and a missing person report was filed with the sheriff’s office.
Also missing from Mann’s home were the teen’s cellphone and laptop computer, neither of which has been used since she disappeared, authorities said.
The Oconee County sheriff reportedly said that Mann was located in another state on Tuesday and that he confirmed it was the missing teen by a photograph and from speaking to her by phone.
Mann's family members reportedly was on traveling to to get her.