Great news from Brazil with regards to the Mykensie Martin. According to ABC News, Mykensie Martin was found safe northeastern Brazil. Family members had tears of joy over the news of Mykensie’s being found safe and sound.
Mykensie Martin was taken to a police station in the coastal city of Salvador, about 700 miles northeast of Brasilia, said Lt. Alexandre Silva of the federal police in Bahia state.
She was physically unharmed but appeared “stressed,” said Rodrigo Koble, an Interpol agent at the police station.
In an interview with Brazil’s Globo TV, Martin said she arrived in Salvador on Tuesday. Someone tried to rob her shortly after she arrived, but she said she was helped by a waiter, Globo reported. It said she had already contacted her host family.
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American Embassy spokesman John Wilcock said he could not immediately confirm the report. “We have no confirmation of that information, we are looking into it, if it’s true, it’s great news,” he said. Police in Salvador could not immediately be reached to comment.
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BRASILIA, Brazil — An American exchange student in Brazil who has been missing since last weekend has been found safe. An Interpol agent said the 17-year-old American girl “seems stressed” but is OK.
The Interpol agent said the exchange student has been talking with the FBI by phone from a police station in the northeast city of Salvador. The agent said he has no details on how or why she ended up in the town, far from her apparent destination of Brasilia.
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MyKensie Martin traveling in Brazil on an exchange program is missing. The 17 year old girl was last seen last weekend hitchhiking to the capital of Brasilia from a small city about 80 miles away.
MyKensie Martin, a senior at Summit High School in Bend, Ore., on an exchange visit to Brazil, was spotted by a witness by the side of a highway leading to Brasilia about 6 p.m. Sunday, said Unai police Detective Celso Avila Pardo.
The witness talked with Martin as she was trying to hitchhike, and the girl said she was on her way to attend an event in Brasilia sponsored by the Mormon church and did not have enough money for a bus ticket, Pardo said. The girl is a Mormon. Unai is about 500 miles north of Sao Paulo.
According to reports a witness told police that MyKensie Martin appeared nervous, but believed that was because she did not have enough money for a bus ticket. The teens parents have been notified and are arriving in Brazile Wednesday. The interesting part of this case is that the FBI already seems to be involved in the matter.
The girl’s parents were scheduled to fly Wednesday to Brazil. The FBI was also assisting in the case, said FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele in Portland, Ore. “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” the teen’s father, Steve Martin, told The Bulletin newspaper of Bend. “We just feel we need to get down there because we can’t effectively communicate from here and we need to be there to find out anything we can.”
American officials in Brazil are in contact with the girl’s family, said Maryann McKay, a spokeswoman for the American consulate in Rio de Janeiro, which handles cases involving Americans in the state of Minas Gerais, where Unai is located.
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We talked to Martin’s sister-in-law, Ashley, Wednesday morning. She’s been told that a couple of eye witnesses saw Martin change her ticket.
“No, we don’t have the slightest clue why she would want to go to Unai — it’s 5 hours in the other direction,” she said. Ashley says one of those witnesses was the bus driver. The driver says it was just the two of them on the bus, so there is no one else to confirm that report. And that’s not the only story.