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Winder police searching for girl who went missing from Fort Yargo campsite

Updated: Jan 30

Kaelyn Phillips

The Winder Police Department is searching for Kaelyn Phillips, who was last seen this Monday at approximately 1:30am at Fort Yargo State Park Campground 2.

Ms. Phillips is a 16-year old white female, 5’04” approximately 140lbs, possibly has braids in her hair, possibly wearing glasses, possibly wearing white puma shoes.

If you have any information regarding this individual, please contact Det. Manthe at 470-201-9914 or

Kaelyn's mother Misty Phillips issued this statement late Tuesday afternoon:

"We still have not found her. I am her mother and am in London for work as this happened and am desperately waiting for my flight back home. Please share this with anyone you can. This is pure hell and torture knowing someone took your daughter and not knowing where she is. Anyone with cameras at their house please check them too. Any help we can get we need. Thank you for the continued prayers."

The Winder Police Department posted this update at 5 p.m, Tuesday;

Winder PD continues efforts to locate missing 16-year-old Kaelyn Phillips.

"Our agency remains in contact with her family and will update the public with additional developments as this investigation is ongoing,” according to Captain Chris Cooper with Winder Police Department.

Kaelyn Phillips, was last seen Monday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. at Fort Yargo State Park Campground 2. She is a 16-year-old white female, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and approximately 140 pounds.

A $2,000 reward has been issued for any information that directly leads to her location.

Winder PD appreciates the support and cooperation from the community and ask that any information regarding this case be coordinated through Detective Wayne Manthe by dialing 470-201-9914 or emailing

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