MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A teenager who had not been seen since Thursday was located safe and sound Friday evening.READ MORE: Activists Say Hundreds Of Cuban Protesters Have Been Arrested Since Anti-Regime Demonstrations Broke Out
The parents of a missing 13-year-old girl named Jurnee Knox passed out flyers outside a supermarket next to the school where was last seen and pleaded with the public to help them find their child earlier in the day.
Knox was located on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
Sunny Isles Beach Police said they reached out to the F.B.I. and the F.D.L.E. for help to find the girl.
The girl’s family spent all of Thursday night and Friday searching for her.
“She’s a straight A student who has never done anything like this before. She loves to write and read. She’s 13 and we want her home,” said Dorothy Knox, who said she last saw her daughter at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday when she was entering the Norman Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8 school at 182nd Drive and Atlantic Boulevard.
Dorothy Knox said she and her husband and daughter Juree and three other children who are 8, 11 and 14-years-old just moved to South Florida from Belize six months.READ MORE: Broward County School Board Votes Unanimously To Make Mask Use Mandatory For Start Of School Year
“We’re new out here and she doesn’t know a lot of places,” she said. “We are protective parents. She left school and we don’t know where she is. This is terrifying. It is a nightmare. We are not giving up hope because we know she has angels out there.”
She also said her daughter was not with a boyfriend because she was not allowed to have one.
“She is allowed to have a boyfriend,” she said. “She is all about books and learning.”
Knox spoke out before she and her husband and two of her daughters passed out flyers at a Publix supermarket Friday night at 183rd St. and Collins Ave.
The flyers featured a photo of their daughter, saying “My name is Juree. I’m missing and my family is so sad.”
Juree’s father Dreighton Williams fought back tears at a newsconference at Sunny Isles Beach Police headquarters as he said, “Just come home baby. It’s ok. We don’t care about anything you have done. Just come home Juree please.”
Dorothy Knox said she had given the F.B.I. access to her daughter’s cell phone which Dorothy had with her.
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