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Deputies: Missing 16-year-old girl found safe in Palm Coast

Elizabeth Higgens

PALM COAST, Fla. – A 16-year-old girl reported missing Monday by her family after she didn't return home from Matanzas High School was found safe Wednesday evening in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Elizabeth Higgens was spotted on Brookside Lane by someone who recognized her from the photo that was sent out when she disappeared, deputies said. 

Deputy Brad Stogdon assisted in her return.

“Thank you to everyone who has been watching for her and being the eyes and ears of our community. Our detectives and deputies have been following leads and working diligently. Our goal was to return her safely to her loved ones and tonight we are able to do so,” Flager County Sheriff Rick Staly said.