Authorities searching for a 19-year-old Pell City woman Friday used the help of a motorist to find her some 20 hours after she went missing.
St. Clair County Undersheriff Billy Murray identified the woman as Kayla Bentley, who lives with her parents at 75 Whisper Lane, south of Pell City. Murray said she was last seen leaving the residence on foot around 11 p.m. Thursday.
“She was located by a passerby not far from the intersection of Dry Creek Road and Sweet Apple Road,” Murray said. “She was extremely disoriented. RPS Ambulance took her to Trinity Hospital in Birmingham.”
Murray said the entities that helped in the search included the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the St. Clair County SWAT Team, the St. Clair County Prison Dog Team, New London Volunteer Fire Department, Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Regional Paramedical Services, and Pell City Fire and Rescue.
“Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley was in the air searching by helicopter,” Murray said. “Had we not found her by dark, we would have made the decision as far as flying and searching with thermal imaging.”
Murray said the initial call came in from the parents of the teenage girl close to midnight Thursday, and that’s when a missing persons report was filed.
“The investigators investigated to make sure she had not left with someone,” Murray said. “We are very thankful she was found alive."