Police: Underhill teen found safe out of state

Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 4:45 PM EST
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UNDERHILL, Vt. (WCAX) - Authorities say an Underhill teen missing since Wednesday morning has been found safe out of state.

After a two-day search, police say 18-year-old Leydi Lopez spoke with investigators Friday and told them she left Vermont voluntarily and wished to remain out of the state. They say since no criminal conduct took place, the case is closed.

Lopez left her house on Poker Hill Road to go for a walk Wednesday morning around 11:15 a.m. and didn’t come back. That triggered a massive search in the area on Wednesday and Thursday involving multiple agencies.

“I think our posture from the beginning has been that we never had any information to indicate that the disappearance was suspicious but we also didn’t have any information to indicate that the disappearance wasn’t suspicious,” said VSP’s Adam Silverman.

Multiple community members we spoke to told us that they were nervous and on edge over the missing 18-year-old. One man even said he went into the woods to search for her.

It’s still unclear where Lopez was found and why the Mount Mansfield Union High School student left. Officials had said she moved to the area just a couple of months ago.

Police Friday said she is a legal adult and has the right to do what she wants.

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