MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A Miami-Dade teen who went missing on Thursday has been found, according to authorities.
Police found Carolina Macias, 17, safe and unharmed hiding at a friend’s house on Friday.
“It’s a great feeling knowing the community is out there and does care and that they listen to the media,” said her father Juan Carlos Macias.
It was Thursday night when Facebook, Twitter and Instagram blew up with pictures and posts about Carolina raising awareness about her disappearance and asking for the public’s help.
Her mother even made a public plea for her daughter to return.
“Caro, please come home. We love you and miss you,” said her mother who is also called Carolina Macias.
Family and friends gathered Friday at a Publix supermarket on SW 136th Street to hand out fliers. The store was the last place the 17-year old had been spotted.
Miami-Dade Police had classified Macias as a runaway. They did not believe she was in danger and there were no indication of foul play, according to authorities.
“It doesn’t matter whether she is a runaway, abduction…whatever it is, nobody knows there are a lot of rumors and you have to spread, look and follow and that is what police did and that’s how they found her,” said Juan Carlos Macias.
In the meantime her alleged missing report kept growing on social media. It was impressive
As of Friday on Instagram there were more than 6,000 posts. The page @prayforcaro had more than 3,000 followers and the #prayforcaro had more than 6,000 posts which reached all the way to Senator Marco Rubio who also posted the teen’s picture and information.
When she was found Senator Rubio also took to twitter to break the news thanking everyone for their support.
The search began after Macias’ mother had dropped her off at a dance studio on Thursday located at 8762 SW 133rd Street.She was supposed to pick her daughter up at 6:30 p.m., but an hour before that she received a call from her boss that her daughter was gone. Her bag was found inside the studio and her cell phone was outside on the window sill.
Click Here to watch Marybel Rodriguez’s report on Carolina Macias.
Police said Macias and her mother had allegedly gotten into an argument over the phone about SAT scores earlier on Thursday.
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