Missing girl found safe in Columbia

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By MIKE CHRISTEN 

The Columbia Police Department confirmed Wednesday that a local teenage girl previously reported missing has been located safe and sound.

Aleane Mae Paynes, 14, was reported missing by Columbia police on Tuesday. The department said she was last seen by her father in the area of Mt. Cove Road around the time of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, wearing blue jeans, white shirt and red slip on shoes and bright red highlights in her hair.

By 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the police department said she had been found.

Search continues for Burk

Paynes is not the only teenage girl missing in southern Middle Tennessee. The Columbia Police Department continues to search for Serenity Burk, 17, who was last seen on Tuesday, Nov. 15 leaving school in Columbia.

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When she was last seen, Burk was wearing dark colored pants with a black jacket and white shoes. She is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, police said.

Any person with information that may assist in this or any other investigation is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of Columbia Police Department at (931) 560-1670.

Other options include the 24-hour line of Columbia Police Department Dispatch at (931) 388-2727, Maury County Crimestoppers at (931) 381-4900, or the Columbia Police SAFE Tip email at SafeTips@ColumbiaTN.com.

Investigators request that tips not be submitted on the public thread of the department’s Facebook page. If submitting information on Facebook, the department requests it be done in the form of a private message.

There are more than 70 missing children recorded in Tennessee state records each year. More than 60 percent of those children are girls.

In the United States, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year, the equivalent to more than 2,000 children every day, according to the non-profit organization Child Watch of America.

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