Angel M. Sims, the 16-year-old Edgerton girl missing since March 20, was found around 2 a.m. Thursday in Indianapolis
She is unharmed and in the custody of law enforcement. The investigation is still ongoing. No further information will be released at this time, according to a prepared statement issued to The Bryan Times early Thursday by Dawn Fitzcharles, Edgerton village administrator.
Sims’ photo has been posted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Edgerton Mayor Bob Day, Edgerton Police Chief Dan Griffin and Edgerton Local Schools Superintendent Kermit Riehle issued statements through Fitzcharles’ press release.
“Prayers have been answered!” said Day. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of those in the Edgerton community who provided leads and shared Angel’s information to aid in the search. The response from the community was above and beyond and confirmed the tight-knit community we live in. This is the outcome that we prayed for and look forward to welcoming Angel back home.”
Griffin thanked everyone involved in searching for Sims. “We applaud the agencies for their leadership and willingness to leverage their resources, expertise and partnership with Edgerton to bring Angel home, specifically Edgerton Local Schools, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, the Edgerton Police Department, Bryan Ohio Police Department, Indiana Parole Authority, Marion County Indiana Sheriff’s Office, Indianapolis Metro Police, Greencastle, Indiana, Law Enforcement, Toledo Ohio Police Department, Youngstown Ohio Police Department, Michigan State Police, Ohio Highway Patrol Intelligence Unit, Williams County Communications Agency and all other dispatch centers. Any agency that we may have missed, thank you.”
Riehle also issued a thank you. “On behalf of Edgerton Local Schools and the board of education, I would like to thank the Edgerton Police Department, the Edgerton Village and all federal and state agencies that played a part in Angel’s safe return. I celebrate with Angel and her family, over this Easter weekend, their joy and thankfulness of once again being reunited, and prayers being answered.”
Added Fitzcharles: “We ask you now to please respect the family’s privacy during this time.”