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Police: Tallassee teen found safe after missing for 2 weeks

Kiara Neal (Source: Police Handout) Kiara Neal (Source: Police Handout)

TALLASSEE, AL (WTVM) After 15 days, the search for a missing Tallassee teen has ended with good news. According to Tallassee police, late this afternoon a Brewton, Alabama woman called them saying she believed she was looking at 14-year-old Kiara Neal.

The woman saw Kiara's picture on the missing child alert. Brewton authorities were able to contact Neal and confirm it was her.

Tallassee investigators are on the way to the Brewton police department to pick her up and bring her back to her family in Tallassee. Brewton is about two hours south of Tallassee.

Kiara was last seen on March 9, leaving Tallassee High School with a man, who was later arrested for a felony and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police say Kiara met 30-year-old Willie Thomas III on social media. Police were able to track him down on March 19 and arrested him in connection with the case. Police were able to confirm Thomas had dropped the teen off at another location. 

We spoke with Kiara's father on the phone just after we learned his daughter was found safe. He is so thankful she has been found and was able to speak with her on the phone.

Chief James Rodgers and the entire Tallassee Police department are relieved as well. Chief Rodgers is urging parents to know who their children are meeting on social media, because it is a place where predators look for victims.

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