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Missing girl found

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By The Staff

Williston Police and Fire personnel, along with CERT volunteers searching for a local girl Monday morning were relieved when the girl was found after several hours of searching.

Rachel Tiffany Blakely, 16, left her residence in the Williston Crossing RV Park at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and was not found until 10:15 a.m. Monday morning.

Blakely reportedly left her residence after a disagreement with her younger brother. Originally from Washington State, she has only been in the area for two months, is home schooled, does not drive and is not familiar with the area.

She was last seen on RT 27 on the east edge of Williston about 4:30 p.m. Sunday walking southbound. In addition, she has impaired vision and may not have known her way home.

Lt. Clay Connolly of the Williston Police Department reported that Blakely had apparently spent the night in Ocala, having taken a ride from a passing motorist.

She was reported in good health and uninjured.

Blakely did not qualify for an Amber Alert, based on her age, Connolly added, but law enforcement agencies considered her "at risk" due to her lack of familiarity with the area, her vision and social issues.

In addition to the Williston Police and Fire personnel, as well as CERT volunteers, other agencies assisting in the search included the Levy County Sheriff's Department and FDLE.