Runaway Pensacola teenager Payton Pacheco found safe, according to PPD

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco,

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco, 17, who was last seen Aug. 20, 2018. Courtesy/Noel Pacheco

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco,

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco, 17, who was last seen Aug. 20, 2018. Courtesy/Noel Pacheco

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco,

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco, 17, who was last seen Aug. 20, 2018. Courtesy/Noel Pacheco

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco,

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco, 17, who was last seen Aug. 20, 2018. Courtesy/Noel Pacheco

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco,

Authorities are searching for runaway Payton Pacheco, 17, who was last seen Aug. 20, 2018. Courtesy/Noel Pacheco

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Payton’s father said Wednesday the family was concerned Payton may have left voluntarily but was endangered because several days had passed since she had contact with family.

Pensacola Police Department spokesman Mike Wood said Payton was located around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

He said she is being transported to the PPD station for a debrief, as is standard procedure in a runaway case.

Wood said Wednesday that the girl was considered a runaway because she left voluntarily, but he said a PPD detective was assigned to the case to work with the family in finding her.

He said if at any point there was evidence the teenager was endangered, heavy police resources would have been assigned.

Emma Kennedy can be reached at ekennedy@pnj.com or 850-435-8680.

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