Missing Leeds teen found unharmed at Pelham apartment

Missing Leeds teen found unharmed at Pelham apartment

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Destiny Holliday. Source: Lisa Turner Destiny Holliday. Source: Lisa Turner
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Leeds police say Destiny Holliday, the 14-year-old girl reported missing since Saturday, has been found unharmed and is being returned to her home.

Leeds Police Chief Byron Jackson said Holliday was located Wednesday afternoon "after an extensive investigation."

Police said Holliday walked away from her home in Leeds on Saturday morning. The police chief said she had a history of running away, but never for this length of time.

Her parents said their daughter had never run away before.

Holliday's father, Palvin Ritch, said police found his daughter at an apartment in Pelham with an older guy. He and Holliday's mother were on their way to the Leeds Police Department to pick her up.

Ritch said he was "extremely relieved, joyful," to hear that police had located his daughter. He said after lots of sleepless nights, he was "glad it's come to an end."

Holliday's parents said she recently had been on a chat line through an app called Kik where she was able to meet boys, some of whom may have been older but used a fake age.

"People need to understand that social media is great for finding people and helping people but for underage kids, it's just horrible," Palvin Ritch said.

The Leeds Police Department thanked the public for the information and tips they received during the search for Holliday.

"The investigation is continuing and no additional information is currently available for release," Chief Jackson stated.

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