HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. — UPDATE: On Jan. 10, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons canceled the Silver Alert for Kealy Merritt at the request of the Harnett County Sheriff's Office. Kealy Merritt was located and was transported back to the custody of her parents by the Harnett County Sheriff Office. "We would like to offer our most sincere thanks to all the news outlets that reported on this missing child and all of the agencies that assisted in any way," Harnett County Sheriff Office said.
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Authorities in Harnett County, North Carolina are asking for the public's help finding a 14-year-old girl who was last seen before Christmas Eve.
A Silver Alert was issued for Kealy Jade Merritt, who was last seen riding a pink and black bicycle in the town of Dunn on Dec. 23. The bicycle believed to be Merritt's was found along I-95 in Cumberland County on Christmas Eve, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.
Merritt is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Deputies believe she could be somewhere in Cumberland County along I-95.
She is described as a white female, approximately 5-foot-4 and weighing around 115 pounds. She has medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. Merritt was reported missing in the area of Ammons Road in Dunn.
Anyone with information about Kealy's whereabouts is asked to call the Harnett County Sheriff's Office at 910-893-9111. Witnesses can also call 911.