UPDATE: 9-year-old Citra girl found safe

Chelsea Phillips last seen Thursday afternoon, deputies say

By Brianna Volz - Web producer

UPDATE: A 9-year-old girl reported missing Thursday in Citra has been found safe, deputies said. Chelsea Philips was at a friend's house, according to the Sheriff's Office.


Authorities are searching for a 9-year-old girl who was last seen after she was dropped off by her school bus near her home in Citra Thursday, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Chelsea Phillips was dropped off near the 2400 block of Northeast 165 Street around 2 p.m. before she left in an unknown direction.

Chelsea, who is 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 55 pounds, was wearing a multi-colored floral top with tan shorts and brown sandals when she disappeared, officials said. Deputies said she has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about her location is asked to call 911.

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