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Missing teen found in NM may have been human trafficking victim

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Rae-Showna Jones (Source: MSP) Rae-Showna Jones (Source: MSP)
Rae-Showna Jones (Source: Buena Vista Twp. Police Dept.) Rae-Showna Jones (Source: Buena Vista Twp. Police Dept.)

A Mid-Michigan teenager who had been missing for about a year has been found.

Rae'Showna Oneal Jones, 17, left her Buena Vista Township home on Dec. 16, 2015.

She was found this morning near a Wal-Mart in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

According to Michigan State Police Sgt. Jim Lang, all indications are that she is OK, although it’s not clear where she has been, or what she has been up to since December.

Police in Rio Rancho believe she may have been the victim of human trafficking, according to Lang.

Lang said while that is a possibility, Michigan State Police want to talk to her first.

Rae'Showna was last seen walking along State Street near Wieneke Street in Saginaw Township on Dec. 17.

Following her disappearance she had no social media contact.

Michigan State Police and her family are now working to bring her home.

Her mother, Charlena Poole has set-up a Gofundme account to try and help with the costs. Find it here.

Poole said she prayed every night for 10 months for her daughter to make it home safe. When her phone rang on Oct. 18 she said it was like a call from heaven.

"He said 'we found your daughter.' And I said 'is she alive?' And he said 'yes she is.' And I just screamed and it's like I just hit the lottery and now I have to go pick up my prize," Poole said.

Prior to Oct. 18, no one in Jones' family had heard from her.

"Now they said she is very exhausted. They said her eyes are red and she just wants to sleep. So I asked them 'did it seem like she had drugs ingested?' And they said 'maybe,'" Poole said.

Poole believes her daughter may be a victim of sex trafficking.

MSP said that's a possibility.

On Oct. 19 Poole will fly to New Mexico to be with her daughter and bring her home.

"The first thing I want to do, i just want to give her a hug. I want to hold her. I just want to hug her. I just want to hold her so tight. That's all I want, just to hold her so tight," Poole said.

She said the past is the past and she just wants to make sure her daughter is OK moving forward.

"When she gets home, I'm not going to bring her straight home. We're going to a couple of facilities for help and what we can do in order to get her back to normal because they said it seemed like she had a pretty rough time," Poole said.

Jones is currently detained in New Mexico where she is receiving medical attention.

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