Michaela Wells was found alive and well in Indianapolis on the night of March 6, reports KHAS-TV. She is in good health. The teenage beauty queen told detectives that she was not held against her will. According to reports, she was found with a juvenile male.
I'm with Michaela Wells' parents. Her mom is overwhelmed with excitement that her daughter was found tonight. pic.twitter.com/MzrVCUsPsR
— Alissa Skelton (@AlissaSkelton) March 7, 2014
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Cops in Nebraska are involved in a frantic search for Michaela Wells, 16, the state’s representative to the national Miss Teen pageant, who has been missing since Sunday March 2. According to her mother, Theresa, she last saw her daughter when she told her she was taking out the trash from their home in Bellevue, Nebraska, reports WOWT.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. Wells Had Just Been Asked Out on a Date
She spent March 2 with her mother out shopping for the dress she’d wear at the national Miss Teen Pageant in Florida in June. Her mother, Theresa, added, “She couldn’t be happier. She couldn’t get a smile off her face because she was also asked out [on a date].” Michaela Wells was due to attend a “military ball” for students in a junior ROTC program.
2. Wells Last Spoke to Her Grandmother
The last person in her family that Wells spoke to was her grandmother who was visiting the family home in Bellevue. She told her she was taking out the trash, something her grandmother said takes “10 minutes.” This was at around 8:30 p.m. on March 2. Her dad spent most of Sunday night driving through the neighborhood looking for her daughter and calling her friends.
3. Wells Left Her Cellphone at Home
According to her parents, Wells isn’t dressed for the climate. She was wearing a jeans, slip on shoes and a hoodie. She also left her cellphone in her home. Theresa Norris told The Omaha World-Herald, “Her friends are in shock as some of them had just talked to her the afternoon before she vanished to make plans for the week.”
4. Wells Used Her Celebrity to Promote Her Brother’s Illness
5. Cops Don’t Think She’s Been Kidnapped
— chasemoffitt (@chasemoffitt) March 6, 2014
According to the Omaha Herald report, police do not believe that the girl has been abducted. Police Chief Mark Elbert has said that the cops have found “useful” information in relation to the case.
Wells is home schooled. On her Facebook page, her hobbies are explained:
Michaela enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, archery, traveling, dancing, meeting new people, roller skating, horses, gardening, fiber arts, stone sculpting and learning new things.