Mercedes McLeod, a Lakeland teen who was missing for nearly two weeks, has been located; she is safe and is being reunited with her family, Lakeland police said Monday.

McLeod, a 17-year-old Lake Gibson High student, went missing after leaving her Crawford Street home early on Dec. 8. In a Facebook post announcing her return, LPD thanked those who shared her photo and also thanked the Plant City Police Department for their assistance.

Police had earlier said they suspected McLeod might be in Plant City or Tampa.

An earlier report:

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