**Rev. Vicky Taff from the Victory House Christian Academy Teen Challenge in Brewster confirmed that authorities found 17-year-old Hailey Miller late last night. She is reportedly unharmed and okay.
Taff said via email: “They found her. She is ok. The police are not giving me details and I am not sure how she was found.”
Thomas County authorities are in search of Hailey Miller, a 17-year-old girl who left the Victory House in Brewster earlier this afternoon.
Miller is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 115 pounds. She has brown eyes, red hair, and was reportedly wearing a black Victory House t-shirt when she left, but a white tank top and white capris were missing from her wardrobe.
She was last scene heading towards McDonald, KS and was asking about the location of the nearest Wal-Mart.
According to reverend Vicky Taff, the Victory House Teen Challenge is a faith-based alcohol and drug rehab program. Girls who participate in Teen Challenge deal with addictions of all kinds or suicidal tendencies in a 12-18 month span.
Miller reportedly checked in to the Victory House Aug. 26, less than two weeks before leaving.
“When she came in, she was still detoxing,” Taff said. “She had been abusing drugs severely to the point where it put her mom in a panic because she was afraid Hailey would overdose or kill herself with drugs.”
While her mom and boyfriend engaged in an intervention with Miller, Taff said she was a rare case in which she actually wanted to check in to rehab. Miller and her family weighed alternate options, including trying to concur her addiction with intervention, but she wanted to come.
“Hailey came on her own free will,” Taff said. “Reality hits you in the face that you can’t go out and get drugs to get high. And you are pretty much forced to face your problems. Hailey was really focusing on herself and finding out where she was and what she wanted to accomplish.
“It’s not what your doing. Its the why are you doing what you are doing. It takes a lot for them to get past the emotions to understand the why and usually don’t like facing the why.”
If you have any information regarding the location of Hailey Miller, please call the Victory House at 785-694-2921 or contact Thomas County authorities.
–This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Photo courtesy of Victory House