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Hernando family relieved after daughter located in Paris

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South student who disappeared while on Spring Break in France was found Friday. However that discovery is leading to an even bigger mystery.

It had always been 21-year-old Jessica Metcalf's dream to visit Paris, France. "From about 8th grade on," added Dale Metcalf, Jessica's father.

However, her dream quickly turned to a nightmare. The Ole Miss student went missing while on Spring Break with her literature class in Paris, France. She was last seen in a museum.

"At 3:00 when she was supposed to meet up at the gift shop, there was no Jessica and they could not find her," said Metcalf.

He received a call from the trip advisor asking if he had heard from his daughter.

"I'm like, 'I haven't heard a thing from her since she landed,'" said the worried father.

Metcalf said he began calling senators and congressmen trying to get help.

"Your heart drops to the floor and you spend the rest of your time trying to pick it up until you find something," said Metcalf.

He had to depend on foreign law enforcement and the US Embassy to find his daughter. He mentioned waiting was the hardest part.

"When you're sitting there and you know that she has not been there all night in a hotel, its devastating," said Metcalf.

Then nearly 40 hours after his daughter went missing, he received the call he had been praying for.

"They found her," he said, "and she's alive and all that emotion you've been bottling up comes out and you're just so relieved."

Metcalf said information on his daughter is limited due to international privacy laws. He said she is in the hospital and her condition is not life threatening.

"We're still trying to get more details," he added.

Though his daughter's lifelong dream of visiting France has been crushed. Metcalf is grateful she's alive.

"Its terrible that this happened but thank God that she's okay," said Metcalf.

The trip advisor will go see Jessica Metcalf in the hospital during visitor hours. He said he hopes to find out what happened.

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