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Missing NC teen is found safe, authorities say

WILKESBORO, N.C. (WNCN) - Authorities say they have found a missing North Carolina teen girl who officials earlier believed might be in danger, WXII-TV reported Monday evening.

Abigail Cecile, 13, was seen getting into a car with a pair of men who have active felony warrants, the TV station reported.

The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office said Cecile was spotted at a travel plaza at U.S. 421 and Highway 16 around 1 a.m. Monday.

The teen girl got into a red car, which might be a Volkswagen Golf, with two men, according to Wilkes County deputies.

Jerry Carpenter, 45, and Steve Steelman, 26, were the two men involved, deputies told the TV station.

"These men are wanted for questioning regarding a missing persons case involving a missing juvenile," deputies said.

However, Cecile was located unharmed Monday evening.

"The missing juvenile has been located and is safe. Both males have also been located," deputies said.

Deputies said the incident did not meet North Carolina's criteria for an Amber Alert, but earlier they said they felt Cecile was possibly in danger.

"Just to be clear, this incident does not meet NC's criteria for an Amber Alert. We don't like it but it doesn't," deputies wrote earlier on Facebook.

It's unclear if Carpenter and Steelman are facing charges regarding Cecile's disappearance.


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