MISSING IN KANSAS: Hannah Widener found safe

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A Kansas teenager has been found safe after being reported missing for nearly a week.

The family of Hannah Widener said the 17-year-old is home and appreciate people sharing her story.

"This is Lynnette," Hannah's sister Lynnette Rutherford wrote on Facebook Friday. "I wish i could personally thank each and every one of you for all of your love, prayers, and support but with over 20K shares and so many reaching out with prayers that would be nearly impossible. Truly though, from me and my family, THANK YOU!!! You are all amazing and we are truly amazed and blessed to have so many people pull together to help us find Hannah. 
I will leave this page up for another 24 hours to give everybody a chance to see this message but since Hannah is now back at her fathers this page no longer serves a purpose. Thank you again for everything. You all are amazing and God is so good!"

Hannah was last seen on March 17 in North Platte, Neb., while visiting her dad. 

A group supporting the search for the teen reached about 1,500 likes on Facebook. The community of Norton, Kan., put together a vigil, where dozens of people attended this week.


A family is hoping you can help them find their missing teenager.

Hannah Widener was last seen on March 17 in North Platte, Neb. She was visiting her dad and planning to return home to Norton, Kan.

She left her vehicle, cell phone and clothing behind. She was last known to be wearing a grey fuzzy sweatshirt, blue jeans and black fuzzy boots.

Her sister said Hannah has not run away from home before, and the family is worried about where she may be today.

They've created this Facebook page to help the search for Hannah.


Missing from: North Platte, Neb.

Missing since: March 17, 2019

Age when reported missing: 17

Height: 5’7’’

Weight: 135 pounds

Hair: Brown curly hair

Eyes: Blue

Distinguishing marks: Freckles; a “sisters” tattoo on left outer calf.

If you have information that could help the case, contact the North Platte Police Department at (308) 535-6789.

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