Police locate North Carolina teen missing in Salt Lake City


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SALT LAKE CITY — A teenager missing since Saturday afternoon was located, police confirmed Sunday afternoon.

Salt Lake City police confirmed Emily Harlan, 14, was located outside a homeless shelter. Police said Harlan was "OK" and has been reunited with her mother.

Harlan was visiting Salt Lake City from North Carolina according to Salt Lake City police. Harlan was staying with her mother, Pamela Kurth, at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco at 15 W. 200 South, said Salt Lake City police Sgt. Brandon Shear.

Kurth and her daughter came to Salt Lake City from North Carolina Saturday morning. Harlan was in town to get medical treatment. At around 4:00 p.m., Harlan took her makeup and guitar with her and left the hotel.

For the next eight to nine hours, Kurth said she searched all over downtown for her daughter — in parks and in homeless shelters until she just couldn't go anymore.

"I've been on my knees. I've been praying ... all day long, I'm praying," Kurth said. "I'm asking God just to bring her home to me."

On Sunday, a police officer took Kurth over to a shelter in the Rio Grande neighborhood, where Kurth spotted her daughter on the sidewalk near 500 W. 300 South.

Police thanked the public for their assistance.

Contributing: Freeman Stevenson

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