A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesperson confirmed both missing persons were found safe Wednesday, WSOC reported.
“The important thing I think we can really report is that both Megan and Ava are both physically fine,” Rob Tufano said. “They are in great condition.”
Three days into a search for a North Carolina mother and her 8-year-old daughter, authorities and loved ones are expressing increased concern for their safety.
As the Charlotte Observer reported, police issued a statement citing 33-year-old Megan Stack’s “emotional state and recent behavior” in explaining the heightened sensitivity.
Along with her daughter, Ava, Stack’s last known location was her south Charlotte home, which authorities say they left Monday afternoon.
Ava was last seen at Bain Elementary School earlier the same day when her mother picked her up, according to Timothy Lybarger, the girl’s father.
“She is my world,” he said. “She is everything to me. She is all I have.”
A family member told the paper it is believed that Stack and her daughter disappeared voluntarily and are purposely living under the radar.
Lybarger said Stack had exhibited unstable mental behavior recently, including claims that she was being followed and that her life was in danger.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is circulating images of the two missing persons and the vehicle in which they are believed to have left.
“If you see them or this vehicle which has a paper tag, please call 911 immediately,” the agency wrote. They are thought to be traveling in a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Please RT: @CMPD needs help locating Ava and her mom, Mom, Megan. There is serious concern for their safety. If you see them or this vehicle which has paper tag, please call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/kriljZaTAn
— CMPD News (@CMPD) December 5, 2017
The missing girl was last seen wearing a white shirt with a heart, purple jeans, a zipper jacket and gray shoes.
[Featured image: Megan Stack and Eva/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department]