Missing 16-year-old girl found safe in Palm Coast

Passerby spots Elizabeth Higgens walking on road

Elizabeth Higgens.
Elizabeth Higgens.

PALM COAST, Fla. – A 16-year-old girl reported missing by her family after she didn't return home from Matanzas High School on Monday was found safe Wednesday evening in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Elizabeth Higgens was spotted on Brookside Lane by someone who recognized her from a photo that was sent out when she disappeared, deputies said.

Deputy Brad Stogdon assisted in her return.

“Thank you to everyone who has been watching for her and being the eyes and ears of our community. Our detectives and deputies have been following leads and working diligently. Our goal was to return her safely to her loved ones and tonight we are able to do so,” Flager County Sheriff Rick Staly said. 

No other details were released.


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