Missing Herriman teen found safe
HERRIMAN, Utah - A Herriman teenager missing for more than days has been found safe and was home Friday night
Unified Police found 13-year-old Brooklyn Gittins at a South Jordan Walmart.
Cops say the girl was wearing the same t-shirt and pajamas she had on when she went missing but was healthy and uninjured.
”What I got from the parents is that she was very quiet and subdued but was happy to be home,” said step-grandfather Craig Hiller.
1000 residents scoured Herriman looking for the missing teen for more than two days. Police say on Tuesday night, Gittins slipped out her bedroom window and voluntarily left with someone who picked her up.
That person dropped the girl off at the Walmart off 11400 South. She called her grandmother and cops picked her up.
”I have no doubt whatsoever that the media coverage of this event was the deciding factor, the thing that turned this whole thing around safely,” said Hiller.
Despite not having a coat, shoes or her eyeglasses, ”she was very well-kept so she wasn’t out in the weather,” Hiller added.
But where was Brooklyn all this time? Why’d she leave and who was she with?
Cops are hoping the teen will soon be forthcoming about that and Unified Police say there will be consequences for whoever was with the missing girl.
“13-year-old children who walk out, that’s one thing but someone picking up a 13-year-old, transporting them and holding them for several days that’s a whole other kettle of fish,” said Sheriff Jim Winder
Cops say whoever picked up the girl will face arrest and a host of criminal charges.
Immediate family members told FOX 13 Friday night that police have instructed them not to talk to the press.