Tuscaloosa police: Missing teen found safe

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Destiny Schaetzle, the 13-year-old girl who went missing in Tuscaloosa last weekend, has been found safe, police said late Friday afternoon. Around 4:45pm, two people saw Destiny walking along New Watermelon Road near Harbor Ridge Way. They notified police and stayed with her until they arrived. She was taken to DCH-Northport, where she remains for observation.

Late Friday, police say they've removed Destiny and her older sister from their home because of the living conditions and unsafe treatment provided by their foster parents. Police will meet with DHR to discuss the future welfare of the kids. Currently, they are in the temporary custody of family and friends.

She was reported missing the night of July 27 from her home in the North Park community. Tuscaloosa police have spent countless hours searching for the girl, following all possible leads including a reported sighting of her Thursday.

On Wednesday, around 15 members of the Tuscaloosa Police Department Special Response Unit conducted a search through a heavily-wooded area surrounding the girl's home, but she was never found. Investigators questioned numerous people during the course of their search efforts, including Schaetzle's sister, who answered questions about her sibling's disappearance during a polygraph test.

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