Kennedi High, missing autistic 16-year-old, has been found, Baltimore police say

Baltimore police said 16-year-old #KennediHigh has been found.

An autistic 16-year-old girl who went missing at dismissal from Western High School last week has been found, Baltimore Police said Monday.

Kennedi High, a 10th-grader who lives in Northeast Baltimore, was found uninjured at an apartment complex in Prince George's County Monday, police spokesman T.J. Smith said. The circumstances of her disappearance remain under investigation.

She is believed to have been in Baltimore and Prince George's counties the entire time, and while she left voluntarily, "the situation evolved from there," Smith said.

"It should be noted that this case is not being investigated as a hoax," he said.

Smith said Kennedi was lured with a dating app despite not having a cell phone and urged parents to "be nosy, try to know what your child is doing."

"This stuff moves faster than any of us can ever speak on," Smith said of new technologies.

Kennedi had gone missing on March 8, and police had been unable to determine whether she boarded her normal Maryland Transit Administration bus or got a ride from school, Smith said in a news conference on Sunday.

About 11 a.m. Monday, Smith announced that High had been found.

The girl's mother, Brandi Stallings, had joined Smith at the Sunday news conference to ask for the public's help in finding her daughter.

"I just want to let Kennedi know that we love you as your family ...," Stallings said Sunday.

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