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Missing Northeast Arkansas teen found in Nebraska

Trumann police car
Thomas R Machnitzki / Wikipedia

TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager from northeast Arkansas who was missing since Saturday has been found in Nebraska.

Trumann police say the 16-year-old girl was found early Thursday morning in O'Neill, Nebraska. The city is more than 12 hours away from Trumann.

Officers found the teenager with a male from Dover, Tennessee, who police say she met on social media and who officers had been attempting to locate for four days.

Police initially believed the girl was a runaway and left voluntarily. But Chief Chadwick Henson said early in the investigation that the teen may be with someone who didn't have her best interest.

The girl’s mother posted Thursday on Facebook thanking those who helped bring the girl home, saying "my husband and I will be able to hug our daughter again."

Editor’s Note:  This story was edited internally to remove the identity of the girl since the case may involve sexual assault.