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Teen found out of state after going missing from Fort Yargo campsite in Winder

By Joe Johnson

Two days after last being seen at a park in Barrow County, 16-year-old Kaelyn Phillips was located safe in another state, the girl's mother announced Wednesday morning via social media.

"Through a tip from the coverage and support here and support of multiple agencies the GBI has located Kaelyn," Phillips posted on Facebook shortly after 3 a.m.

"Kaelyn was transported over state lines and they have her secured at a police station." she said. "We were provided information that she is safe with police."

The Winder Police Department had announced on Tuesday afternoon they were searching for Phillips who they said had last been seen at about 1:30 a.m. at Campground 2 in Fort Yargo State Park, located between state highways 11 and 81 in Winder.

The girl’s parents had parked their RV at the state park on Jan. 22. On Sunday, Misty Phillips, took a plane from Atlanta to London on a work-related trip, according to her post.

Hours later, she reported her husband called to say that Kaelyn was missing and he had called Winder police.

"When my husband woke up on Monday morning he took the dogs out and realized the door to the back area, where the girls bathroom is located, was ajar and items from the bathroom were on the ground outside. My husband and other daughters could not find Kaelyn in her bed," she wrote.

The police department announced that a $2,000 reward was being offered for information that led to the teen being found.

WPD had not updated its information concerning Phillips as of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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I am so happy for the parents. I am sure these last few days have been a nightmare. It was so wonderful to see the entire community come together for the family. It seems all of the prayers out there worked. 🙏❤️


There is so much more to know. The voyeur in us all wants to get in the middle of this family's drama. I pray it was a digital boyfriend and she was not harmed. But there will be scars for sure. If there is a man who purposefully took this child against her will, may he rot in hell.


Someone she hooked up with from social media probably picked her up.

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