A 23-year-old woman who left for a Saturday night walk and never returned home and was listed as a ‘critical missing person’ has been found safe.
The missing woman, identified as Alicia Kenny, told authorities that she needed ‘a couple of days to clear her head.’
Kenny was located by Loveland Ohio police on Thursday afternoon unharmed and is currently in the care of her family members, Loveland Ohio police said.
‘The Loveland Police Department would like to thank our law enforcement partners the Ohio Bureau Of Criminal Investigations and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for their extensive assistance with resources and agents, as well as help from the community,’ police said.
‘The involved law enforcement agencies worked long hours in challenging weather conditions to bring Alicia home,’ officials said.
Kenny, who is 5-foot-1 and 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, disappeared after a Saturday stroll
Loveland police listed Kenny as a ‘critical’ missing person’ and said Kenny was last seen wearing a white shirt, dark capris and sandals
Another friend posted pictures of her tattoos- including one that read ‘In spirit and in truth’ with a cross across her forearm and a large tiger tattoo on her left shoulder
Kenny was last seen leaving her grandparents Loveland house where she lives for a stroll at 8pm on Saturday, June 11.
The late night stroll was not unusual according to her mother Marcy Kenny because she loved nature and would walk to parks to draw or write.
But the young woman did not return home that night and was last spotted the following morning but investigators say they do not know who spotted her or what direction she was headed.
That Sunday morning a delivery driver turned in Kenny’s backpack, which contained all her essentials, including her phone, wallet and Bible, over to police.
Montgomery police confirmed that the driver turned in the backpack assuming someone had lost it before delivering it to Kenny’s home, WLWT.com reported.
Her mother Marcy said that is when her family realized she was actually missing because there was no scenario where her ‘very religious’ daughter would leave behind her backpack containing her Bible.
‘All she has is literally the clothes on her back,’ Kenny told WCPO.com Without that backpack, she has absolutely nothing. And I honestly… we can’t think of any scenario where she would have put the backpack down and walked away willingly.’
On Monday Loveland police listed Kenny as a ‘critical’ missing person in a statement and said Kenny was last seen walking along Loveland Madeira Road in Symmes Township wearing a white shirt, dark capris and sandals.
The 23-year-old’s mother, who along with church members have walked the area she was last seen in hanging flyers, said that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations has joined the investigation into her disappearance, collecting a sample of Alicia’s DNA.
Her mother Marcy said that is when her family realized she was actually missing because there was no scenario where her ‘very religious’ daughter would leave behind her backpack containing her Bible
‘All she has is literally the clothes on her back,’ Alicia’s mother said through tears. ‘Without that backpack, she has absolutely nothing’
Ohio police located the 23-year-old woman on Thursday afternoon. They said she was unharmed and in the care of family members
‘The investigative team came today to get something that would have her DNA on it. In case she’s found, they want to be prepared,’ Kenny told WCPO. ‘And just the thought of that takes us to a very deep and dark place that we try hard to avoid.
‘The storms that hit last night, if she was out there alone … that’s a very painful thought,’ the distraught mother added.
Kenny’s friends have taken to social media to boost awareness and asking for help to find her
Friend Laura Messanger asked that people keep an eye out near any bike trails.
‘ALICIA LOVES NATURE!!! Anybody who knows her knows she loves nature walks & hikes, she loves being by the river so pls if you are on the bike trails or anything pls keep eyes peeled. Lets bring her home!!!,’ she posted on Facebook.
Another friend posted pictures of her tattoos- including one that read ‘In spirit and in truth’ with a cross across her forearm and a large tiger tattoo on her left shoulder- both which would be noticeable if she was wearing a tank top
‘She called people asking for a ride, and to our knowledge was never picked up by one of her friends,’ one post read. ‘Her belongings were found in her backpack which was abandoned and picked up by a UPS driver on their route … If you see her, please call 911 immediately.