Jenna Grant, a Cleveland high school student who went missing Wednesday morning, returned home safely early this morning, Adam Grant, her father said.
The 15-year-old 10th grader had left her home some time between midnight and 5:00 a.m. from her home near Zelzah Avenue and Prairie Street, Adam Grant said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Adam Grant said he had a disagreement with Jenna the previous night, and the following morning had heard a dog bark and the previously locked back door was open. Jenna had taken some clothing and her book bag from her room, her father said.
After spending the day walking around the San Fernando Valley, Jenna Grant ended up at a subway located off of Topanga Canyon and Canoga Park. At 12:40 a.m., Jenna called her father after she told am employee of the subway that she had run away. After asking if she was okay the man told Grant that she should call her father.
“I heard a familiar voice. It was Jenna,” Adam Grant said. “The whole day of emotions just came pouring over me.”
Jace Kessler, Sgt. of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Devonshire division said that Jenna Grant has run away in the past, and was “said to be possibly depressed,” according to her parents.
Adam Grant said his daughter had no money, no credit card, and had left her cell phone at home. A volunteer search and rescue team searched the Northridge, Granada Hills and North Hills areas. The LAPD searched areas that she may frequent, including checking in with friends and relatives.
Grant contacted the Devonshire Police Department, put out flyers and had family and friends help in the search of his daughter.
Within the matter of an hour or so, Adam Grant was receiving numerous calls from strangers he did not know telling him they would do everything they could to help and bring Jenna home.
“The level of personal connection that people really put into this was a blessing. We feel so loved by so many people,” Grant said.
Kessler said in 95 percent of these cases, persons return or the LAPD receives a phone call from a parent or a friend.
Michael Arvizu contributed to this report.
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