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Update: Jessica Shepherd, missing teen who texted "Call police," found safe

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Update: All too often, stories about missing children or teens have unhappy endings. Thank goodness the story of Jessica Shepherd is an exception. A short time ago, the Johnstown Police Department revealed that Shepherd, sixteen, who was last seen Tuesday evening after sending messages urging a call to the cops, has been found safe. No details thus far beyond the most important one: She's no longer missing. Look below to see our previous coverage.

Original post, 5:57 a.m. January 24: As plenty of cynics have noticed, missing persons cases focused on attractive young women tend to get a lot more attention than ones involving people of any other description. But when it comes to Jessica Shepherd, a Johnstown teen last seen on Tuesday, there's a reason for urgency that goes beyond her photogenic nature. According to local authorities, her last message, sent via text and Facebook, read, "Call police."

Here's a flyer featuring two photos of Shepherd, age sixteen:

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Shepherd's messages, sent around 8 p.m. on Tuesday from the 100 block of South Hayes in Johnstown, reportedly said she was with a man named "Dave" and she was frightened.

The listing for Shepherd on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website doesn't offer a description of "Dave," but it does mention that she may have been in the company of an "adult male."

A new Facebook page labeled Jessica Shepherd Missing Flyer Download notes that Johnstown police are currently following up on a couple of leads that came in last night. If you have any additional information about her whereabouts, you're encouraged to phone the department at 970-587-5555.

More from our News archive: "Photos: Avery Workman found safe -- but was she a runaway or drugging victim?"


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32 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

We as a community are grateful this young woman has been found ALIVE & in one piece .

She has a history of problems at home w/ the parents & running away . One can only hope this is a hard lesson learned .

Kris Anger
Kris Anger

I appreciate she was found but the news had reported that most teenagers have meet someone online that they don't know. Kids- PLEASE be careful about the people you talk to and what pictures you post on the Internet. Privacy is a thing and, just bc you may be looking for attention(am i pretty/sexy), don't post pictures that you would be embarrassed to see in the next 10 yrs. Signed- a mom

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Future 'Shot-Gun-Willies' employee of the month !

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

You should know that I was not able to view the article; but I did here about some of the stories on radio "news".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Smells like sex ... and candy ...

... or teen spirit.


Emily Glander
Emily Glander

Happy she is safe, but is it just me, or is Deborah on crack?

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

They just found this chick safe...:)...She should ugly it down a bit....She is a van driving rapo's wet dream....

Michelle Anthony
Michelle Anthony

so sad.. hope she's found and for the guy Dave Better Run!!! Scum Bag You'll get yours :P

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

i hop they find this girl and when they do ask her parents wtf a 16 year old is doing with a man at night in the first place.if parents were around when they were supposed to be there wouldnt be so much of this kind of problem

mmjfreedomusa
mmjfreedomusa

  • HER MOLE looks like the MOLES ONE of the guys with Ridgeway on 10-05-12! MAYBE the MOLE GANG is selling body parts! OH THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN..HA! WAKE UP there are many people that will pay anything for a new body part when the angles are calling! Wonder how many Sandy Hook kids body parts were donated?

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I wonder how many Sandy Hook kids body parts were donated!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

MAYBE the MOLE GANG is selling body parts! OH THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN..HA! WAKE UP there are many people that will pay anything for a new body part when the angles are calling!

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

Aww. This poor girl. I hope they find her with every inch of her body the same as it is here!! She's too young!! I hope they find this sick man and lock him up! Poor girl, having to post messages because for some dumb reason we STILL can't text the police

mmjfreedomusa
mmjfreedomusa

HER MOLE looks like the MOLES ONE of the guys with Ridgeway on 10-05-12!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

HER MOLE looks like the MOLES ONE of the guys with Ridgeway on 10-05-12!

mmjfreedomusa
mmjfreedomusa

I PROMISE YOU if you do call the cops..YOU MAY BE TREATED LIKE CRAP and IGNORED BY THE PREJUDICE and NEGLIGENT COPS! I SAW 2 times Jessica Ridgeway with Sigg and 3 other people on 10-05-12. ONE a BLOND! HAVE PICTURES OF THE RIG AND 3 PEOPLE..WHO GIVES A CRAP..NOT THE COPS OR FBI!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I PROMISE YOU if you do call the cops..YOU MAY BE TREATED LIKE CRAP and IGNORED BY THE PREJUDICE and NEGLIGENT COPS! I SAW 2 times Jessica Ridgeway with Sigg and 3 other people on 10-05-12. ONE a BLOND! HAVE PICTURES OF THE RIG AND 3 PEOPLE..WHO GIVES A CRAP..NOT THE COPS OR FBI!

titangoddess05
titangoddess05

@Juan_Leg You are right. I do hope this was a reality check. I am trying to put this all together and after reading an article on Fox news where they have arrested a guy and charged him with many charges, like a lifetime of them, including assault. I am pretty interested in the assault charge as she was reported as having no injuries on her body. I would hate to think that she somehow put herself in that situation, not saying she asked for it before you all start on me. I am not willing to drag out a rope on this man just yet. I raised a teenaged girl and all her girlfriends that came with it. They are not sweet innocent little children, trust me. I am very happy she is home. I do hope there is not a repeat of this in her life ever again. 

ejnevling
ejnevling

@Sherry Halverson Why what did he do?

BigSteve
BigSteve

@Deborah Watts I hate prejudice and negligent cops.

BTW, I saw 2 times Jessica Rideway also.  I sawed her good.

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