15-year-old missing girl found safe

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By Amanda Manning

Search and rescue teams and volunteers in Oldham County have located a 15-year-old girl that has been missing since Wednesday.

Mellie Simpson was last seen on Nov. 21 at her home in Goshen.

Simpson was located today on Highway 393 near Harrods Creek, according to North Oldham Fire Chief Hewitt Brown.

Rescuers were able to locate her quickly after speaking with a homeowner on Liberty Lane that saw Simpson. The homeowner said on Facebook that Simpson knocked on their door twice, first asking for socks and then asking for hot water and fruit. Once the homeowners saw the story, they contacted police.

Rescuers were then able to follow Simpson's scent into a wooded area on Highway 393.

Brown credited the community and volunteers with finding the 15-year-old girl.

“It was amazing,” Brown said. “I’ve done this for a long time. I’ve never seen a community get as involved. They were certainly very helpful and largely responsible for helping us find her.”

Before Simpson was found, the North Oldham Fire Department said in a Facebook post that they believed there was a risk of self-harm. Simpson was found safe.

The fire department was notified that Simpson was missing at approximately 3 p.m. yesterday and began searching then.

Oldham County EMS and Oldham County Police were also on the scene yesterday. Jefferson County search teams, including air scent dogs and helicopters also assisted at the scene.

Today, search and rescue teams and neighbors searched the wooded area near the family’s home in Goshen. Drones were also used in the search operation.

“Our general search area right now is the Buckeye Lane area, the farms adjacent here, but more specifically the Harrods Creek basin,” Brown explained to the Era before Simpson was found.

Brown estimated that approximately 30 volunteers searched for Simpson in addition to 15 North Oldham firefighters. More volunteers than needed stepped up to assist in the search today. 

Simpson was transported to Norton Children’s Hospital to be evaluated since she was cold, according to Brown.