The search for missing Alabama teen Brook Bridges has come to a surprisingly pleasant end. WKRG News 5 reports that the 16-year-old girl has been found and is now safely reunited with her family. However, this case is not closed, and authorities are being a little tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the missing teen.
A Thursday press conference with authorities confirmed the fortunate news that Bridges is safe and alive. She was reportedly found in the state of Georgia, which has long been reported as a state where she once resided. The discovery of the missing teen has revived social media interest in her case, with numerous people wanting answers to the several questions they have about her disappearance. Was she a voluntarily missing teenage runaway? Was she lured away and held against her will all this time? Since authorities say that this is still an open investigation, there is no telling when those answers will come — if ever.
I’m so glad to hear that Brooke Bridges is home and safe
— ☁ (@natughhlie) March 31, 2016
— Heather Phillips (@Hdp0974) March 31, 2016
Brooke Bridges mysteriously vanished from her family’s residence in early February of this year. She was last seen on the night of February 7 in the family home, but in the early morning hours, her mother discovered that the front door was open and the teen was gone. The odd circumstances surrounding Brooke’s disappearance attracted the collaboration of the FBI and other agencies in the search for her, as well as the investigation into what led to her disappearance. Brooke’s disappearance also attracted national attention in the news and on social media. However, as the weeks crawled by with few updates in her case, interest began to decrease — until news of her being discovered safe and alive.
Breaking News cont.: Brooke Bridges was found in Georgia, physically unharmed. Chief McGougin says one hurdle was going back to her parents
— Lenise Ligon (@LeniseLigon) March 31, 2016
Brewton PD Chief says missing Brooke Bridges has been found! And is home with family! :D pic.twitter.com/ZYWOJfMBvA
— Bethany Anderson (@BethanyLocal15) March 31, 2016
Fox News 10 has shared a little more information surrounding the discovery of the missing Brewton teen. Authorities revealed that they located the 16-year-old on a tip and were able to speak directly to her. When asked if she was “ready to go home,” she replied that she was indeed ready to see her family. Police Chief Monte McGougin also acknowledged that the family is happily reunited.
“The family is just ecstatic she is at home, and we are just ecstatic because you know as well as I do cases do not usually end like this.”
Do you think Brooke Bridges was voluntarily hiding out in the state of Georgia while a high-profile search was going on for her? Could there be nefarious details in this case that have left her fortunate to be back home with her loved ones? Whatever the truth may be, it’s fortunate that this missing person case ended in a family being reunited instead of in shambles.
[Image via Brewton Police]