Adolescente scomparso ritrovato al sicuro 19 Mesi dopo la scomparsa dice di essere fuggita da un padre violento: 'Ho dovuto salvarmi’

A Kentucky teenager has been reunited with family after she disappeared more than a year ago.

Kamaria Johnson, 18, was reported missing in May 2021. Di venerdì, the Radcliff Police Department annunciato that she was recentlyfound safe.

RPD Captain Willie Wells tells PEOPLE that Johnson’s mother brought her missing daughter to the department on Friday at about 9:30 p.m. Lei was reunited with her family the same day, la polizia ha detto, according to ABC affiliate WHAS-TV.

Johnson told FOX affiliate WDRB she fled home to escape her allegedly abusive father. It was her only choice, ha detto alla stazione.

I had to save myself,” Johnson ha detto. “And I feel really guilty about it, but I just couldn’t do it and it was just a lot to deal with, and no one was listening to me.

Johnson said she left her father’s Radcliff home on May 26, the same night she was last seen at a gas station in Meade County, per WDRB’s report.

Dakota Johnson dice di essersi persa, she left after her dad punched her and stomped on her head earlier in the evening. After the alleged assault, Johnson said her father ordered her to leave the home the next morning, dicendole, “no if, ands or buts, but I have to leave,” ha ricordato all'outlet.

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Johnson, chi era 16 anni all'epoca, was later picked up on the highway and dropped off at the Meade County gas station, where she was last seen on surveillance footage, WHAS reported.

The teen told WDRB that she eventually found herself in Memphis, where she stayed off social media and kept a low profile — despite authorities continuing to search for her.

I was still intensely in survival mode,” lei disse, “but it was definitely safer than the situation that I was in.

After her 18th birthday, Johnson said she felt comfortable enough to reach out to her mother, Consuela Jobe, who had shared custody with her father.

There was just this really big fear that if I had reached out before that I would get sent back to my Dad,” Johnson explained.

She told WDRB she did not disclose her whereabouts to her mother because she was afraid for both their lives. Her attempts to report the abuse were not taken seriously, lei ha aggiunto.

After connecting with Johnson over the phone, Jobe drove six hours to get her daughter, WDRB reported.

Police have said that no criminal charges are expected to be filed in connection to this case, according to WHAS.

The RPD declined to comment on the matter of charges when asked about it by PEOPLE.

Ora, both mother and daughter are looking forward to healing and a new chapter in their lives. Jobe said she hopes her daughter can getsome counseling and whatever help she needs,” WDRB reported.

nel frattempo, Johnson says she’s excited to get her high school diploma and further her education at college, where she hopes to major in developmental psychology, “so that I can help kids who are going through things like this.

But most importantly, Johnson ha aggiunto, “I got what I wanted for Christmas, reuniting with my family.