UPDATE: Missing Teen From Florence Found Safe

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators say the search for a missing teen is over.

Officers say 15-year-old Mackenzie Crosswhite was found at a location in Muscle Shoals.

The teen was reported missing from her home Saturday. Officers say her family believed she left her home through a back window sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The initial report stated she may be have been company with a male she met online, but  officers say they are investigating.

They can’t say right now where she was found, or what the circumstances of the situation are. They say the teen is in good health.

21 comments

  • Beth

    Pray for her safe return. Also, as a parent…this is why I have access to all of my children’s emails and facebook accounts. You can never be too safe or protective.

    • Melissa Fish

      Exactly, I have the password to my teen daughters account. The 1st time she gives me lip about being able to log into one of her accoutns then she loses access to the internet. There isn’t anyting a 15yr old needs to be doing that I don’t know about. Parents are too easily fooled if they don’t watch out for their kid then who is.

  • mamac

    I hope she is found safe. I have a 15 year old son and a 22,and 18 and if they went missing for whatever reason I would be going crazy worried my self sick..Kids that are ” young” think they know everything..I was young once..But she really don’t know what kind of trouble she can get in..

  • Marsha

    Parents your child may have multiple email addresses and Facebook pages. You may only see one of them when you check. I have been dealing with a teen and irresponsible use of technology for years. The Internet is readily accessible and these kids are much smarter than we are.

  • Took

    For all of the parents reading: this is why you should raise your children from a young age to know that they don’t have to fear you. Require internet account passwords, and you’ll lose them. They will shut their ears to your opinions forever. Your children are people, and they need their fair share of privacy like everyone else. If you’re too strict, they will get used to (and get good at) hiding things from you until they eventually feel comfortable enough to do something like this. You must have a balance. Be as disciplinary as you need to be, but also let them have a voice, and then listen to it. Allow them to calmly be upset and to disagree with you. Be considerate of them, and even negotiate when possible. Respect them enough to be honest and specific in the reasons and logic behind your rulings. If you do this, they will trust you enough to tell you when they’re talking to someone on the internet. Then you can explain to them why they need to be very cautious, and you’ll be able to keep tabs on the situation without invading their sacred privacy (although, with that kind of relationship, I doubt something like this would happen in the first place).

    • LINDA

      Took i agree with you you parents out there grow up think back when you were a tennager but none of you were perfect and probably messed up sometimes .Was that because you had slack parenting of course not it was because you wanted to do what you wanted to do. You can have the best parents in the world but its not going to always keep you on the straight and narrow. JUST REMEMBER IN SOME KIND OF WAY YOU WERE WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW.AND SOME LESSONS THEY WILL HAVE TO LEARN ON THIER OWN

  • JT

    Teenagers will not make unwise decisions if you have a trusting relationship with them? Even “perfect”parents have teenagers that make bad choices. And giving total and trust to a young person that doesn’t always have the emotional intelligence or maturity to deal with what is accessible on the internet is not establishing a strong and positive relationship. Sometimes they need to hear “no” and have those limits.

  • Nichole

    So when my teenage son ends up in jail because I raised him not to fear me, I’m supposed to let him “have a voice and negotiate?” Don’t think so. Parents like that are the reason children are so disrespectful and think they can do as they please. My children have been raised under the same strict rules I was and they are pretty good kids. Raising kids isn’t about negotiating and fully respecting their privacy. I know details about who my children are with, where they are going, when they will be back, friends they have online and so on. They have restricted internet time and they never know when I might just pop in and take a look. There is no negotiation. At the same time I also respect that they need to have private converations and unless I see something that doesn’t sit right. I explain what I need to explain. My kids know and hopefully understand that there are bad people and that you shouldn’t trust strangers. I make it a point to talk to my kids about how things are going and let them know that I am here when problems come up. They know that whatever they have done, I will always love them and we will solve problems together. I guess my point here is that there has to be somewhat of a balance, but negotiatng should never be an option. God knows the cop that will arrest a child who has been allowed to negotiate will not be negotiating.

  • Mike

    Every one of my friends growing up who had parents that were very strict rebelled at in their mid teens and ended up doing far worse things than the kids who only were disciplined when needed. Your kids will be who you teach them to be and how you taught them to be in most cases. I have not one friend growing up who had strict parents who didn’t rebel and to far worse things outside of home than the kids who became themselves and knew how to adapt when not under their parents supervision in the outside world because they knew the line because it was drawn and they respected their parents for the fact that their parents trusted them and were always there for them to guide them right or wrong.

  • Jeff

    I believe it said negotiating when possible. That doesn’t mean let them make all the calls. It just means let them make small decisions, too, like negotiating an hour of tv time after finishing homework or chores. I also don’t remember a single kid I knew growing up who had strict parents and didn’t rebel. I was one of those kids myself. The more strict my mother was, the worse I wanted to be to spite her. Discipline your children, and don’t give them complete and total privacy, but respect them enough to give them a little room to breathe. That doesn’t mean I didn’t know who they were with an where they were at all times. I just didn’t have to pry to get that information. You have to give respect to get it. Your son will be more likely to end up in jail if he fears you then if he respects you. When your kids respect you, they don’t want to disappoint you. This is how I’ve raised my two kids, and they aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty darn close to it. They tell me everything, even some things I don’t want to know. I know and approve of all of their friends. Now that they’ve moved out of the house, they call me all the time just to talk about their day. I know I never have to worry about them, and it’s because I focused on balancing respect and discipline their entire lives. But continue to rule with an iron fist if you must, and watch your kids decide to sneak out an get into awful things with God knows who.

  • Lisa Van Avery

    Parents, please Google your child’s name. Kid’s have phones, iPods, iPads, notebooks, friends computers, etc.. They are capable of making second accounts. Check all social sites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,Tumblr, MySpace, Meetup, Tagged, and many more. Kid’s are social and will find a way to be social.

  • Kristy

    I am in my late-twenties, so I am the Internet and Facebook generation. You parents who think you have all the passwords and that your kids are perfectly safe, are WRONG! Kids have separate accounts they aren’t telling you about. I don’t know what the safest thing to do is, but don’t get complicit because you are convinced you know everything.

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