Police here announced Friday morning that they found a Johnston County girl who had been missing the past 19 days.
Fifteen-year-old Kalaya Altman, who had been last seen July 31 at the McDonald’s on Wakelon Street in Zebulon, was located about 3:30 a.m. in the Garner-Raleigh area.
“We have worked closely with multiple people including agencies, parents and friends to bring her home,” said Zebulon Det. Ashley Dixon.
Altman was safe and unharmed, according to police.
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While the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children previously issued a missing person alert, Dixon had said there was no evidence that Altman was abducted. Altman wasn’t having any trouble with anyone at home and had not run away from home before, police said.
Altman was found a day after Zebulon police issued a release advertising a cash reward for anyone who could help them find her.
Zebulon police said social media posts and shares contributed to their ability to find Altman, with the assistance of the Garner and Raleigh police departments.
“That was an absolute tremendous help,” Dixon said. “People were praying for her and her family and there are other organizations out there that are advocates for children that posted it out there and made fliers.”