Missing Horn Lake girl found in Memphis

Jo Randle
Jo Randle

HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - A Horn Lake girl was found in Memphis late Thursday night after being missing for more than a week.

Memphis Police located Jo Randle near Winchester and Hermitage.

Jo's mother, Jessie Randle, pleaded earlier in the day for the return of her 15-year old daughter, who had been missing since May 18.     

Randle said the last time she saw her daughter, she was asleep in bed.

"I went to bed and she had fallen asleep in my bed," Randle said. "When I went to bed, she was there asleep, and when I woke up, she was gone."

Randle said Jo had recently been grounded, but there were no major issues or disagreements that would have made her leave the house.   Still, she is puzzled, because Jo took nothing with her except a favorite outfit.

"She didn't take a toothbrush," Randle said. "She didn't leave a note."

Earlier this week, Horn Lake police reclassified the case from runaway to a missing person.

"We're going on nine days now and no sightings, nobody's heard from her, so when you get that kind of length of time we start getting concerned," Lt. Scott Evans said.

During their search, police searched fields, wooded areas and vacant houses.

"It's like she fell off the face of the earth," Evans said.

Jo does not have a cell phone and does not appear to have any money.

"We're kind of worried on this one because there has been no contact," Evans said.  "She hasn't been on her Facebook page."

Randle said Jo started home schooling in December because her mother did not like some of the friends and took her out of school.

Police have not released further information, other than she has been returned to her mother.  Check back for updates on this story.

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