CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – The Currituck County sheriff says a missing 13-year-old girl has been found in Georgia.
The sheriff’s office, with assistance from the FBI, found Faith Pellini at a home in Spalding County, Georgia.
Authorities found her around 4:30 p.m. Monday. She is safe and appears to be in good physical health.
“We have been working non-stop over the past 48 hours to find Faith. I cannot put into words what it means to be able to bring her home safely. Our law enforcement partners immediately responded to help us and our community has been a key part of this investigative team. Because of their tireless work, Faith will start the new year off where she belongs, at home with her loving family,” Currituck County Sheriff Matt Beickert wrote in an email.
The sheriff said they would “not go into specifics” about how Faith was found.
“At this time, Faith’s family asks for privacy as the welcome home their precious daughter,” Beickert wrote.
Pellini went missing after she was last seen walking on Tulls Creek Road heading toward Moyock Elementary School by the Sawyertown intersection around 5 p.m. Saturday.
She was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweater, shorts, and was carrying a silver suitcase.
“This is a beautiful girl with her entire life in front of her,” said Scott Neal, Pellini’s pastor at Forest Park Church in Elizabeth City, Monday before Pellini was found.
Earlier on Monday, her family said they don’t believe she left on her own.
“Somehow, more than likely, she developed some kind of relationship online with someone who has lured her away,” Neal said.
Officials are urging the public to call (252) 232-2216 for any information regarding her disappearance.