Police have located a North Carolina teenager that has been missing for over a year, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hailey Burns, 17, had been missing from her Charlotte home since last May when a special agent got a tip that she might be somewhere near Atlanta.
Overnight, FBI agents and detectives with the Gwinnett County Police Department found her, alive and well, at a home in Duluth, Georgia.
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Police also have a suspect in custody, according to WRAL. Authorities have stated that 31-year-old Michael Ren Wysolovski was arrested in connection with Burns’ disappearance and is facing a number of state charges.
According to court records, Wysolovski has been charged with four felonies, including aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, custodial interference and a first-degree offense of cruelty to children.
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The teen has already been reunited with her parents, who are overjoyed to have their daughter back, safe and sound.
Burns was last been seen at her home at 12:30 a.m. on May 23, 2016. Her parents had just about given up on ever seeing her again, according to a recent interview they gave to WSOC.
“You have to let go of the hope that she will just walk through the door,” Shaunna Burns, Hailey’s mother, said. “We are past that point. She is not just going to come home in the middle of the night.”
“You have to distract yourself because you will drive yourself crazy wondering what you could have done, or could be doing,” Anthony Burns, her father, added.
The family offers sincere thanks to the community, who supported them throughout the year. They are also asking for privacy, as they reconnect with their daughter.