Endangered teen sought by Knoxville police found safe Thursday


UPDATE: A Knoxville Police Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday that Lanysja Rodgers has been safely located.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing and endangered teen last seen Wednesday.

UPDATE: KPD said just before 10 p.m. she may have been seen near the Second United Methodist Church on Western Avenue.

According to KPD, the 16-year-old female, Lanysja Rodgers, is considered endangered due to “diminished mental capacity.”

She was reported missing around 3:42 p.m. Wednesday after leaving 600 Arthur Street on foot toward an unknown direction of travel, police said.

She is approximately 5’2”, weighting 135 pounds with stringy hair that is dyed yellowish-orange, according to KPD.

If you see Lanysja, please immediately call the KPD at 865-215-4010.

Lanysja Rodgers. (Photo via KPD)


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