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Missing Mechanicsville teen found safe

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Deputies say a 16-year-old Mechanicsville girl missing for over a week was found safe Friday.

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said Tamara N. Collins, who goes by “Tete,” was last seen leaving her home last Thursday night.

Based upon a citizen tip, Hanover investigators discovered Collins was at a residence in Richmond. With the help of Richmond police, the teen was located shortly after 12 p.m. Friday and returned to her home in Mechanicsville.

Investigators said Collins was in good condition when she was found.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our sincere appreciation the media for their efforts in quickly communicating this information to the public, which generated the tip that led to Collins’ safe recovery,” Lt. Chris R. Whitley with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement.