Police find Clayton girl, 15, missing from Johnston County home

Police asked the public’s help in their search for a 15-year-old Clayton girl who had been missing for nearly a week before finding her on Wednesday.

The family of Jayla Winfrey reported going to her room to wake her for school on Jan. 10 and finding her gone, police had said in a news release earlier Wednesday.

She was located and has returned to her family, police said midday Wednesday.

This article has been updated to say that she has been found safe.

Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.