A 12-year-old North Carolina girl reported missing last Friday was found safe in Florida with 15-year-old Jacksonville boy who had also been reported missing by his family, WXII reports.
According to her mother, Ashlan Earley went for a walk just before dark Friday and never returned, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Davidson County authorities began a search for her.
According to WXII, deputies obtained digital devices Earley had used recently and found enough information to indicate she had gone to Jacksonville.
On Sunday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issued a statement about Ashlan’s disappearance along with that of Shemo Tit, a 15-year-old Florida boy whose family reported him missing over the weekend. The two had been seen together in Jacksonville Saturday evening, the sheriff’s office said.
Jacksonville authorities said the pair was found together, but they did not indicate where they were found.
Ashlan’s mother, Avery Wall, told CrimeOnline that deputies said they believed the two may have met while playing the game Fortnight online. She said she’d not heard of the body before and that the family had no connection with Jacksonville.
“My main message to her is that we’re not mad. We just don’t want her to be hurt,” she said. “I don’t want her to fear she can’t come home.”
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[Featured image: Ashlan Earley and Shemo Tit/Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office]