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15-year-old girl missing from Huntington; police looking for person of interest

UPDATE: The girl was founs safe Tuesday afternoon in Fort Wayne:

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Huntington County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a missing 15-year-old girl.

Raelynn Pebernat was last seen Saturday around 8 a.m. on Center Street in Huntington.

She was last seen in a purple shirt, blue jeans and black high-heeled boots.

She stands about 5'8" and weighs 190 pounds. The teen also has brown hair and blue eyes.

Fort Wayne Police released video of a "person of interest" in the case. The video was taken at the Ossian Library Monday. Anyone recognizing this person is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police at (260) 427-1336

While the investigation is in its early stages, the Huntington County Sheriff's Department is concerned about her safety based on preliminary information.

Law enforcement entered her information into a nationwide database for missing children.

The Huntington Police Department indicated they were working to issue an AMBER Alert, but the Indiana State Police issued a statewide Silver Alert based on the information available.

A Silver Alert for a child means a medical condition or other like factor may be involved, while an AMBER Alert includes kidnapping and the danger of serious harm or death from someone’s intentional misconduct.

Criteria for an AMBER Alert includes the imminent risk for harm — typically at the hands of an abductor.

Learn more about the difference here.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Sheriff’s department immediately at (260) 356-8316 for Detective Dylan Lagonegro or call 911.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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