A 23-year-old woman who left for a Saturday night walk and never returned home and was listed as a ‘critical missing person’ has been found safe.
The missing woman, identified as Alicia Kenny, told authorities that she needed ‘a couple of days to clear her head.’
She was located by Loveland Ohio police on Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm. She was unharmed and is currently in the care of family members, Loveland Ohio police said.
Sue Madsen, safety director of Loveland Police Department told DailyMail.com would not give the location of where Kenny was found, or provide any other details.
Alicia’s mother, Marcia Conklin Kenny, was overcome with emotion when she learned the remarkable news that her daughter was found safe and unharmed.
She did not go into the details into what led to her daughter’s mysterious disappearance, but expressed gratitude for all the outpouring of support.
‘Thank you does not begin to express the gratitude I feel for all the prayers, texts, emails, posts, shares, support, and love, that I experienced in these last 4 days,’ Kenny wrote on Facebook.
‘It has been completely overwhelming the amount of people that have reached out and were so invested in helping to find Alicia. The words I am saying are ‘thank you’ but the feeling goes way beyond that!’
She also said that at this time she and her family need some time to heal.
She wrote, in part. ‘We are now going to be private as we start to heal from this, so there won’t be any details shared, but know that she is safe.’
A photo of the 23-year-old posing for a picture when she was a guest at a friend’s wedding
Kenny was last seen leaving her grandparents Loveland house where she lives for a stroll at 8pm on Saturday, June 11.
The late night stroll was not unusual according to her mother Marcy Kenny because she loved nature and would walk to parks to draw or write.
But the young woman did not return home that night and was last spotted the following morning but investigators say they do not know who spotted her or what direction she was headed.
That Sunday morning a delivery driver turned in Kenny’s backpack, which contained all her essentials, including her phone, wallet and Bible, over to police.
Montgomery police confirmed that the driver turned in the backpack assuming someone had lost it before delivering it to Kenny’s home, WLWT.com reported.
Her mother Marcy said that is when her family realized she was actually missing because there was no scenario where her ‘very religious’ daughter would leave behind her backpack containing her Bible.
‘All she has is literally the clothes on her back,’ Kenny told WCPO.com Without that backpack, she has absolutely nothing. And I honestly… we can’t think of any scenario where she would have put the backpack down and walked away willingly.’
On Monday Loveland police listed Kenny as a ‘critical’ missing person in a statement and said Kenny was last seen walking along Loveland Madeira Road in Symmes Township wearing a white shirt, dark capris and sandals. The 23-year-old’s mother, who along with church members have walked the area she was last seen in hanging flyers, said that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations has joined the investigation into her disappearance, collecting a sample of Alicia’s DNA.
Alicia’s mother, Marcia Conklin Kenny, was overcome with emotion when she learned the remarkable news that her daughter was found safe and unharmed. She did not go into the details into what led to her daughter’s mysterious disappearance, but expressed gratitude for all the outpouring of support.
Loveland police listed Kenny as a ‘critical’ missing person’ when she was first reported missing on Saturday, June 11 at 8pm. She was last seen leaving her grandparents home in Loveland, Ohio where she lives to go for a night time stroll. Alicia’s mother, Marcy Conklin Kenny, said it was not unusual for her to be taking a solo walk due to her love of nature and would often go to parks to draw or write
Her mother Marcy said that is when her family realized she was actually missing because there was no scenario where her ‘very religious’ daughter would leave behind her backpack containing her Bible
‘All she has is literally the clothes on her back,’ Alicia’s mother said through tears. ‘Without that backpack, she has absolutely nothing’
Ohio police located the 23-year-old woman on Wednesday afternoon. They said she was unharmed and was currently in the care of family members
‘The investigative team came today to get something that would have her DNA on it. In case she’s found, they want to be prepared,’ Kenny told WCPO. ‘And just the thought of that takes us to a very deep and dark place that we try hard to avoid.
‘The storms that hit last night, if she was out there alone … that’s a very painful thought,’ the distraught mother added.
Kenny’s friends have taken to social media to boost awareness and asking for help to find her
Friend Laura Messanger asked that people keep an eye out near any bike trails.
‘ALICIA LOVES NATURE!!! Anybody who knows her knows she loves nature walks & hikes, she loves being by the river so pls if you are on the bike trails or anything pls keep eyes peeled. Lets bring her home!!!,’ she posted on Facebook.
Another friend posted pictures of her tattoos- including one that read ‘In spirit and in truth’ with a cross across her forearm and a large tiger tattoo on her left shoulder- both which would be noticeable if she was wearing a tank top
‘She called people asking for a ride, and to our knowledge was never picked up by one of her friends,’ one post read. ‘Her belongings were found in her backpack which was abandoned and picked up by a UPS driver on their route … If you see her, please call 911 immediately.
The Loveland Ohio Police Department posted the good news on their Facebook late Wednesday which garnered nearly 500 likes with many thanking law enforcement for finding the young woman safe.
The police department sent out a message thanking their law enforcement partner, including the Ohio Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and the community.
‘The involved law enforcement agencies worked long hours in challenging weather conditions to bring Alicia home,’ officials said.