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Developmentally Challenged Teen Found Safe After Spending Night Outdoors

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Update Friday Evening:

Bay County teen Teri Creamer is in the arms of family members this evening after getting lost in the woods Thursday night. The developmentally challenged 16-year old walked out of her home early Thursday night, and her grandfather found her Friday before noon.

Deputies, civilians, and neighbors also traveled around Skunk Valley Road, off Highway 77 and South of Highway 20 on foot, on four wheelers and on horses.

That area is dense with trees, has deep clay pits, and shallow ponds. Authorities were looking for any footprints or tracks while bloodhounds were also looking for scents, but the heavy rainfall on Friday washed away any signs of the young lady.

Teri's grandfather and another gentleman found her in a wooded area off Prosper Road, a little ways from her home. Authorities say she lost her shoes during the night and spent the night in a deer blind, a tent.

When she was safe and out of the rain, Teri told News 13 she kept getting turned around and was scared.

Her grandfather also said he found Teri carrying a turtle, and she had some scratches on her legs, but would be ok.


UPDATE: The Bay County Sheriff's Office announced that Terri Creamer, the 16 year old missing since last evening in the Southport area, has been found and is safe.

At about 11:35 this morning Terri was found in a wooded area off Prosper Road in Southport by a family member. EMS has been called to evaluate her condition but at this time, except for a few scratches, she appears in good condition.


Update Friday morning: 

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says Terri has been found and is safe. We will have more information as soon as it becomes available.

The grandfather tells News 13 he found the girl on Prosper Road.

Terri tells us she just got lost after dark and ran into a few snakes overnight. Her grandpa is taking her back to her mother.


Original story:

A developmentally challenged teen went missing around 7:15 p.m. on Thursday night in the area of Skunk Valley Rd., off State Road 77 and south of State Road 20.

Authorities say 16-year-old Terri Creamer left her home after she and her mother had an argument.  According to a release, she climbed a fence that encircles here home and has not been seen since. She is said to have the mentality of a 10-year-old.

Creamer is about five feet tall with shoulder-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jean shorts and black shoes.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office is working the case, along with canines from the jail and volunteers from Bay County Search and Rescue.

Anyone with any information on Creamer's whereabouts should call the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 850-747-4700.