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Rachael Ann Wallace

Update: Missing first responder found safe, tried to alter her appearance to avoid detection [Police]

A Mississippi first responder has been found safe in Texas, according to authorities.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Rachel Ann Wallace, 32, of Southaven, Mississippi, was reported missing on February 26. Friends and family reportedly said that they hadn’t been able to get in contact with Wallace, who works as a first responder for the Southaven Fire Department.

Panola County authorities in Texas found Wallace’s silver 2016 Nissan Rogue abandoned in the county on February 27. According to a Facebook post by a family member, Wallace’s phone and belongings were found inside her car.

Panola County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday that Wallace was found safe, following security footage of her in at a Walmart in Carthage. Officials said it appeared as if Wallace was trying to alter her appearance to avoid detection.

Photos via Panola County SO

Wallace walked into a convenience store at around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning. A store employee recognized her from flyers and asked her if she was OK. The employee then contacted the Nacogdoches Police Department. Wallace decided to go to the police station herself after being recognized.

“As officers were responding to the store, Rachel walked into the police station advising that she was the missing person that everyone had been looking for, ” Panola County Sheriff’s Office wrote.

“All indications are that her disappearance was voluntary.”

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[Feature Photo: Rachael Ann Wallace/Facebook]