15-year-old girl abducted in North Carolina is found unharmed, police say

This article was updated at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 17.

The Fayetteville Police Department said Thursday night that a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for 22 days has been located “safe and unharmed.”

The police department tweeted the news about Nevia Maihyanna Nixon at 8:50 p.m.

A police spokesperson told The Fayetteville Observer she was found walking on Morganton Road, a main thoroughfare in Fayetteville, about 8:30 p.m.

Police did not provide details about how she was found.

Thursday morning, authorities in North Carolina issued an Amber Alert for the teen. They said she had been abducted in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was last seen Sept. 25 on the 600 block of Welsh Place, in her neighborhood near Fort Bragg.

Police originally asked for the public’s help finding Nevia on Oct. 3, reporting her as a runaway.

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Fayetteville police issued an Amber Alert for Nevia Maihyanna Nixon, 15. NC DPS

“The Amber Alert was issued after we received some information that raised concern as far as her not having contact with her family and friends or social media interaction.” said Fayetteville police Sgt. Ranessa Wallace said in a press conference broadcast by ABC11.

She said Nevia had not been in touch with her friends and family or had been on social media. Wallace would not elaborate in the press conference.

The teen’s mother serves with the U.S. Army and is based at Fort Bragg, according to ABC11, The News and Observer’s news partner. The girl’s father is in the U.S. Navy, according to the station.

“I want to thank everyone who helped bring her home safely,” her father, Carlton Adams, told The Fayetteville Observer Thursday night from Gulf Port, Miss., where he is stationed.

North Carolina has specific guidelines to upgrade a missing person case to a kidnapping and issue an Amber Alert.

The police department must investigate the case and the state will only issue an alert if a child under 17 is suspected of being abducted, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

The state will not issue an Amber Alert if a child was taken by a parent unless they are thought to be in danger, DPS said.

If anyone has information about the abduction, police ask you call the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 676-1538, or call 911 or *HP.

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.