Missing teen found safe in Smithfield hotel

January 17, 2019
Jayla Winfrey

Clayton police said late Wednesday morning that missing 15-year-old Jayla Winfrey has been found safe at a hotel in Smithfield.

The girl’s family told police when they went to wake their daughter up for school on Thursday, Jan. 10, she was gone. They reported her missing the next day.

Winfrey’s family believes she left after a dispute about her dating a 17-year-old boyfriend, but police said the boyfriend was home with his mother in Smithfield.

The teen is back home safe with family, authorities said.

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