By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A teen girl reported missing Monday returned home late Tuesday afternoon on her own accord, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.
Julia E. Lowe, 16, was last seen approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday at a residence on Chestnut Street in Corbin, the sheriff said.
“She has returned home,” Harrell said. “She just returned home on her own.”
He said he appreciated the public’s assistance in this case.
“We checked all over,” Harrell explained. “We (checked) spots the family knew about.”
Lowe’s father, Carl Lowe, reported her missing to the sheriff’s department Monday, and Deputy Brian Lawson headed the investigation.
Harrell said Tuesday that Julia Lowe left the Chestnut Street residence wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, “and John Deere boots.”
“She was going to her grandmother’s house from that home on Chestnut,” Harrell said. “That’s about 50 to 60 yards away.”
From there she was supposed to head for the water park, the sheriff added.
Deputies developed a lead Monday night.
“Last night (Monday) she made a Facebook post that said she was with her baby’s father,” Harrell said, adding that a bit of “wi-fi” research uncovered that post pinged off of a cell tower near Baileyton, Tenn., which is off I-81 in Greene County in northeast Tennessee.
“This was a case about a runaway more than anything,” Harrell said. “But we still had to treat this as a missing person’s case.”