After days searching for 12-year-old Brianna McKenzie authorities located her on Tuesday, June 21 at a friend's home on North Johnson Street.
McKenzie was reported missing on Sunday, June 19 by her grandfather Steven Springs.
Authorities reached out to local media outlets and social media to help locate McKenzie.
When the news of McKenzie's disappearance was released on social media on Tuesday a call at approximately 4 p.m. was made to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department by the parent of one of McKenzie's friends.
“Because of the Facebook posts the mother recognized (McKenzie) and asked her if that was her,” said Sgt. Javier Aguilera with the JWC Sheriff's Department. “(McKenzie) initially told the friend's mom that she had consent to stay over.”
Authorities were unsure of what exactly lead up to McKenzie's disappearance when she was first reported missing.
According to Springs, he last saw McKenzie at his residence on County Road 116 when he left her home alone while he went to drop off another child.
When her grandfather returned to the residence he found the screen door open, no sign of McKenzie and a chair near the fence, according to Springs.
According to Assistant Chief Deputy Brandon Torres, McKenzie was listed as a runaway however, they had no information on what really happened to her and had not received any leads on her whereabouts. Due to the lack of information on McKenzie the JWC Sheriff’s Department called in off-duty officers, K9 search dogs and local prison units to help find McKenzie.
She was entered into the Texas Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center databases. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was contacted and sent agents to assist in the search.
When officers picked up McKenzie they interviewed her.
According to Aguilera, McKenzie told authorities there were issues at home that she couldn't deal with and decided to leave.
McKenzie was placed with an uncle until Child Protective Services concludes their investigation.