UPDATE: Missing 16-year-old found

- UPDATE: Madelin Nicole McLaughlin,16, has been located and is being returned to Alexander County from Catawba County. Police want to thank everyone for their help. 

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The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help them locate a missing teenager. 

Madelin Nicole McLaughlin,16, of Taylorsville, was last heard from March 31, 2016.  McLaughlin was last seen in the 6400 Block of Paul Payne Store Road. 

The Sheriff’s Office has entered her into a Nationwide Database for Missing Persons.

It is unclear at this time what Nicole may be wearing or what type vehicle she may have left in. 

Nicole is described as a white female approximately 5’5”, 140 lbs. blonde hair, blue eyes, a nose piercing and possibly some type of markings on her left arm. 

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe that McLaughlin may be suicidal.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about McLaughlin whereabouts to call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911 or Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.

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