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Missing Knoxville 16-year-old found safe, KPD says

The family of a missing Knoxville teen said she was found safe Wednesday morning.
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 10:43 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 9:01 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The family of a missing Knoxville teen said she was found safe Wednesday morning.

Kaitlyn Grubb was originally reported missing after she was last seen on Oct. 8 around 3:20 a.m. leaving her home on the 3500 block of Sevier Avenue. Police said the teen got into a gray Nissan Altima that had a black front end with an unknown man.

Officials were especially concerned due to the 16-year-old’s medical conditions that require medication that she is without.

Wanda Grubb, Kaitlyn’s mother, said Kaitlynn has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, DMDD but stopped taking medication two weeks prior to her disappearance.

Wanda said she discovered Kaitlynn was communicating with a man on Snapchat prior to her disappearance.

“She was communicating with a man on Snapchat before she ran out of the house and left,” said Wanda. “She left her phone at the house and I saw messages of him asking how old she was.”

Wanda said she and Kaitlyn got into a disagreement earlier that day around 5 p.m. where Kaitlyn was described as acting cruel and coldhearted towards Wanda.

“Before she left she told me she wanted to walk outside to get some fresh air,” said Wanda. “I told her it was too late and before I knew she bolted out the door.”

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