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Sheriff finds missing teenage girls safe

Verticia Brownlee
Verticia Brownlee

Officials found two 15-year-old girls safe in Knox County after they went missing Thursday, according to a news release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Verticia Brownlee from Braxton Lane in the Lily community and Makayla “Jada” Jackson from Corbin were reported missing on Thursday and were suspected of being in the company of two men, Doug Woods and Shawn Lovins from Clay County.

The sheriff’s office initially said that Brownlee might be in the company of a 37-year-old man from Manchester, but it said in a later news release Saturday morning that the man it had named was not involved.

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