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The family of 16-year-old Nyala Keshon Smith and the Browns Ferry Community can rest a little easier Thursday evening after the missing teenager was found safe.
The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office responded to a report that Smith may have been possibly abducted from a bus stop near her home.
She was found safe hours after police received the report.
"I just want to say thank you for all your concerns. We found our daughter and she is safe," her father, Levi Smith, said.
It's a search that stretched across the entire community.
"She is doing as well as can be expected at this time," Smith said.
He could not go into detail as to what happened.
"It was a troublesome day just not knowing where she was or what the situation was. We're happy to have her back. Right now it's a relief," he said.
According to officials, witnesses last saw the teenager at around 6:30 Thursday morning with 19-year-old Anthony Marquise Williams. Witnesses say there may have been an altercation.
Wyman Franklin, who lives near the bus stop, says he saw the teenagers after that time.
"Between 6:50 and 6:55 I [saw] Anthony and the little girl walking from behind one of my mobile homes and he spoke to me and she kept on walking," Franklin said.
While Franklin did not care to speculate, he said that he did not see an altercation between Smith and Williams.
"The whole community knows that every day you see him walking her from the bus stop or walking up and down the road. Because he lives one direction and she lives in the other," Franklin said.
The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office continues investigating but had no further information.
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