Jessica Smith Safe

February 14, 2012 by staff 

Jessica Smith Safe, Eleven-year-old Jessica Smith and her mother, Kimberly were located in their vehicle, nine miles south of Tres Piedras, New Mexico, an area on the edge of Carson National Forest, according to a release from Fort Worth police — 550 miles from home.

“It is with great joy and satisfaction to announce that the nationwide search that began on Tuesday, February 7,2012, has been canceled,” the police statement said.

“The deputies spotted that car about nine miles south of U.S. 64 and U.S. 285 near the Carson National Forest,” said KOAT reporter Liz McKernan in Taos, New Mexico. “We are told that they were a little bit lethargic, but that Jessica herself was in very good spirits, and obviously very happy to be found.”

Authorities said a deputy spotted Jessica and her mother along the remote highway about 30 feet off the pavement. They appeared to be very exhausted and hungry. Both were transported to a Taos hospital to be checked out.

According to police, Jessica did not appear to physically injured, but Kimberly Smith was described as being “out of it.”

“The ambulance pulled up and we were able to get video of mom getting admitted into the emergency room,” McKernan said.

“They are okay” confirmed Caitlin Fields, the victim’s sister. “Thanks to everyone for all the support.”

Tom Pappas, the attorney for Jessica’s father Phillip Smith, released this statement Sunday evening: “Phillip wants to thank everyone for all the prayers and efforts that they made for his daughter’s safe return.”

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