AN 18-year-old Kerry girl who was the subject of a national missing persons appeal last week has been found by Gardaí and is understood to be safe and well in Europe.
An appeal was launched by gardaí seeking information on the whereabouts of Rachel McKenna from Cappaclough in Camp who had not been seen since she boarded a bus bound for Dublin in Tralee on Saturday June 29.
Rachel's mother, Castlegregory post woman Brenda Hughes, made an impassioned plea for information on her daughter's whereabouts describing the situation as a "nightmare" for the family.
The story took a unusual twist on Wednesday night when a person purporting to be Rachel McKenna posted several comments on The Kerryman's Facebook page, and other social media sites, emphatically stating that she was not missing and asking to be left alone. The Kerryman immediately contacted Gardaí to alert them to the presence of the messages.
When contacted by The Kerryman Rachel McKenna declined to comment on the appeal or the social media messages but confirmed that she had contacted Gardaí and informed them of her whereabouts.
A Garda spokesperson said Rachel McKenna has been located "safe and well and no further action is required."