Mother of missing Mid-Michigan teen getting help to bring her home

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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (10/18/16) - A local business owner is stepping in to help.

Late Tuesday evening, ABC12 learned Gil Johnson the President of Saginaw Valley Lincoln Ford in Saginaw Township will be paying for Charlena Poole's flight.

Money is tight for the relieved mother who just found out her daughter is OK, but thousands of miles away.

17 year old Rae-Showna Jones is in New Mexico, located after 10 months of searching. Police fear she's a victim of a human trafficking ring.

Johnson says he wanted to help reunite them as soon as possible without cost being a factor.


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A Mid-Michigan's mother's prayers have been answered after her missing teenage daughter was found thousands of miles from home.

Rae-Showna Jones left her Buena Vista Township home shortly after turning 17 in December and her family hasn't seen her since.

Tuesday morning, her mom got the phone call she was praying for, but how she ended up so far from home has police concerned.

Police have said that Rae-Showna may have been a victim of human trafficking and that may be how she ended up in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Charlena Poole recalled the moment she got a phone call from the Michigan State Police saying that her daughter was found Tuesday morning.

“I just screamed, I just screamed,” she said.

She was losing hope.

“Me tossing and turning at night time, praying and almost about to commit suicide a couple of times, you know, thinking, where is my daughter, and who did this to her, and did somebody try to hurt her,” Poole said.

The teenager was considered a voluntary runaway, but at the same time, police wanted to find her to make sure she was safe.

Police believe someone saw her in Flint about a month ago. Tuesday morning, police from Rio Rancho, New Mexico found her.

Jim Lang, of the Michigan State Police, says the officer in New Mexico who eventually identified the teenager as Rae-Showna believed this could be a case of human trafficking.

“A young female wandering around the Walmart, inside and out, and it’s out of place and thankfully someone called, called police,” Lang said. “You have a young person, especially a young female and they can fall victim to a predator that is ready to put them to work. It’s sad.”

At this point, Poole is just thankful she is alive.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help pay for travel expenses to New Mexico to be reunited with Rae-Showna and bring her home.

Solutions Behavioral Health has been helping Poole during Rae-Showna's disappearance and will also help transition her back into the family, which includes five siblings.

“When I go get her, know, it’s going to be a miracle, I just, I can believe, but then I can't believe my daughter is alive and they found my daughter,” Poole said.

As far as the human trafficking aspect of this case, police will talk with Rae-Showna to find out how she made it to New Mexico.

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