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 Rice’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.
“One of the kids saw her and told the police,” McGee said. “She was just watching (the game).”
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.
“A lot of time with juveniles that age, if no criminal conduct is involved, they will be ... holed up at a friend’s house,” Brinkley said. “At that age, very seldom do they actually leave the community.
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