#parent | #kids | Missing teen keeps location secret after leaving to ‘start a new life’

The Ohio teen who was found safe after disappearing to “start a new life” wants to continue to keep her new whereabouts secret, according to a report.

Madison Bell, 18, of Greenfield, told authorities that she doesn’t want the spot where she’s been holed up during the nearly week-long search to be known, news station WHIO reported.

The graduating high school senior disappeared from home on May 17, telling her mom that she was heading to a tanning salon.

“She yelled, ‘I’m going to go tan. I’ll be right back,’ and I was like, ‘OK, be careful,’” her mom, Melissa Montavon, told news station WXIX.

But she never showed up to her appointment and her car was found abandoned in a church parking lot with her phone inside.

Sheriff Donnie Barrera said the investigation revealed that Bell left of her own free will and told them she wanted “to start a new life,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. He said officers found her at a distant location.

Barrera said the teen was with a “person of interest” but didn’t provide any details about the identity of the companion.

It’s unclear whether the person was one seen in a photo released by authorities of a man and a white car spotted in Bell’s last known location before her disappearance.

Her family released a statement asking for privacy “during this difficult time while we are emotionally raw.”

“We are just relieved to know Maddie is alive and not in physical danger,” they said.


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