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UPDATE: 17-year-old Fern Creek teen found safe in Missouri

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A 17-year-old teenager from Fern Creek was found safe in Missouri on Saturday, city of Louisville officials confirmed to WDRB.

The parents of Dana Gritton said Saturday she was on the way home with her father after police found her in the home she was staying at in Missouri.

Gritton had left her phone, money and debit card at home on Monday and hasn't been seen since.

"It's a devastating, frightening feeling to not know where your child is and as the hours tick away, it's horrible," said Dana’s mother Holly Gritton.

She and her husband Mark had not seen their daughter in more than five days when she was found. 

LMPD put out a flyer Wednesday calling Dana an “Endangered Missing Person.”

"We actually caught it on the camera her going out the door and leaving and taking her cat with her," said Holly.

Dana’s computer was also gone and her parents found a receipt for a prepaid phone. They weren't sure who she left with or why she hasn’t been in touch.

“The thought of what's happening to her, her little kitty cat just makes me sick I can't stand it -- I can't even talk about it," said her mother.

Dana's parents say one of their neighbors noticed a suspicious car parked out in front of their home, and when he noticed Dana getting inside the car, he took a picture of the license plate.

Police say the teenager voluntarily got into a silver Ford Contour with Kansas plates 246-ELQ. Dana is 5’5" and 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Officers believed she may be with a Latin man.

“And what we did learn was this gentleman that she left with has been hanging out at her school for about a week, week and a half meeting her in the parking lot," said Holly.

She and her husband thought their daughter met the man online and left with him on her own - but they're not sure if she's in danger.

"We just want you home, we're not angry I just want you home and we'll work through this when you get here and just make sure you're safe," said Gritton.

No other information is known about Gritton's condition, but her parents say she is safe.

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