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Missing Jacksonville girl found in St. Johns County

Sarah Andrews, 16, last seen Monday afternoon at home on Westside

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 16-year-old Jacksonville girl who had been missing for more than 48 hours was found Wednesday afternoon in St. Johns County.

According to a police report, Sarah Andrews disappeared Monday afternoon from her home on Hyde Grove Avenue, just off Lane Avenue on the city's Westside.

Sarah's father got a call at work, saying Sarah had gone for a walk while her mother was at a doctor's appointment. She never returned.

Her mother, father and nine siblings were frantic and feared the worst.

"She's just a loving, sweet girl, and we just miss her so much. We just want her home," Sarah's mother, Jeanetta Andrews, said.

But those fears were alleviated Wednesday when the family learned Sarah had been found walking along U.S. 1 near Nocatee Parkway in St. Johns County.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it was investigating Sarah's disappearance as a runaway case, but her parents insisted she has never done anything like that before and had no reason to run away.

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Her relatives posted fliers all over the neighborhood, hoping someone somewhere had seen her. 

"She's always had such a beautiful, loving smile. Loves people. She loves photography," Jeanetta Andrews said. "She loves to take pictures of nature and beautiful things."

According to Sarah's family, JSO searched areas around the home with bloodhounds and a helicopter after she was reported missing. Police said they didn't suspect foul play in her disappearance, but Sarah's family said that wasn't enough.

Her parents said all she had with her was her purse and her tablet. They also told News4Jax that Sarah has been home-schooled her entire life, and they worried that she might be vulnerable to bad people. 


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