Family says missing Manvel teen is home safe

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas -- Family members confirmed overnight that 13-year-old Averi Mckenzie was home safe.

She was reported missing earlier this week.

 

Authorities previously said Averi was last seen just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Sedona Drive and Wolf Berry in the Sedona Lakes Subdivision outside Manvel.

Authorities say Averi used the Uber app to catch a ride and made up a stop at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

Uber's policy says riders have to be at least 18 years old to catch a ride. The drivers we spoke to say they are not required to ensure someone's age when picking up a rider.

Parents we spoke to says there should be a better method.

"They need to know the rules before they let them become a driver or before they put the sticker on,” said Chris Fore, a parent. “They need to be able to pass a basic test understanding the rules and regulations."

The policy is clearly stated on the app’s website.

Now, Uber drivers do go through background checks, but a lot of parents are worried about teens travelling alone.

(© 2017 KHOU)


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