UPDATED: 7 p.m. July 28
Emmeline Tesch has been found safe, after walking away from a park on July 24.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday evening, July 28 that Tesch was found safe after four days.
Tesch, 16, went missing Friday afternoon, July 24, from her home near Ridgewood View Park in the Cedar Mill/West Slope area near Beaverton. She did not have a cell phone with her at the time, according to family.
Tesch's mother, Jane Kleist-Tesch, said her daughter went for a walk to a nearby park to do some reading around 11:40 a.m. Friday. When she didn't return, family combed the area to look for her.
Family said they feared for her safety because Tesch is medically fragile.
TriMet camera footage shows Tesch boarded a MAX train near her home and got off at the Oregon Zoo stop shortly after she didn't return home Friday.
"We live close to the Sunset MAX transit center and they got footage of her at about 12:40 p.m. boarding that MAX and then traveling and getting off at the Washington Park zoo MAX stop," Kleist-Tesch said Sunday. "Around the zoo building they captured some footage that after she got off the MAX, she seemed to be headed toward Highway 26."
Kleist-Tesch said her daughter is medically fragile, and did not have food or water with her when she left.
"She's very ill and her life is in danger; she's at risk," Kleist-Tesch said. "She's 16. She's been sick for quite a while. It's very important we find her right away."
The teen spent part of the last school year hospitalized, her mother said, and didn't have a strong social circle. She previously attended St. Mary's Academy and is slated to continue online schooling through the Beaverton School District this fall. Kleist-Tesch said it's unlikely she went to see a friend and didn't have a boyfriend.
This isn't the first time the teen has been reported missing. Tesch was found safe in January of this year after her family said she disappeared.
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