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Missing teen last seen leaving school early found safe, mom says

The teen went missing after leaving school early, but has since been found safe.

HOUSTON — A missing teenage girl who left school early Friday afternoon has been found safe, according to her mother.

The teen was last seen leaving Westside High School when she was reported missing.

HISD and HPD both investigated her initial disappearance. Her mom says the teen was found safe sometime over the weekend, but did not disclose any additional information.

We have removed pictures of the teen and her name from the article to respect the family's privacy now that she has been located safely.

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What to do when someone goes missing

Thousands of people go missing every year across the United States, and there are organizations and law enforcement agencies that work to bring them home to loved ones.

The Texas Center for the Missing is an organization with Houston roots that works to educate loved ones and authorities on finding the lost. 

From resources that deal with missing children to endangered adults, the non-profit organization has compiled a wealth of resources to help. 

There is no 24-hour waiting period required to report a person missing, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

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