Missing woman and daughter found safe

Gainesville police located them after news hit social media


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gainesville Police Department said a missing woman and her daughter were located safe minutes after the story was posted to social media.

25-year-old Kayla Hixson and 2-year-old Cataleya Caris were last seen Saturday, June 25 before heading back home to Valrico, which is east of Tampa.

The two were in Gainesville visiting Hixson's ex-boyfriend, who is Cataleya's father.

They did not return to Valrico. Hixson's roommate told the child's father and he reported them missing.

Police said minutes after this was posted online Tuesday, someone called to let them know their location.

No other information was released about their whereabouts.