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BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Less than 24 hours after 16-year-old Shemekia Rice was reported missing to the West Point Police Department by her mother, she was found alive and well.
WPPD Juvenile Officer Zate McGee said police plastered Riceâ€™s picture on Facebook shortly after the missing persons report was submitted in addition to the pictures circulated in local media outlets.
Rice, according to McGee, was spotted at a West Point High School basketball game at about 7 p.m. Tuesday by a member in the audience shortly after images of her hit Facebook.
â€śOne of the kids saw her and told the police,â€ť McGee said. â€śShe was just watching (the game).â€ť
McGee said Rice was not held against her will in any form or fashion and was intentionally eluding her parents.
The discovery adds water to a previous statement issued by West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley.
â€śA lot of time with juveniles that age, if no criminal conduct is involved, they will be ... holed up at a friendâ€™s house,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śAt that age, very seldom do they actually leave the community.
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