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Missing Child: Katherine Lea Maiden

Is a 16-year-old girl named Katherine Lea Maiden missing?

Published Oct 26, 2012

Claim:   A 16-year-old girl named Katherine Lea Maiden is missing from her Idaho home.


Examples:   [Collected on the Internet, October 2012]

Tiffany Olson Maiden
Please, ALL facebook friends: PLEASE, PLEASE REPOST THIS PICTURE! This is my 16 year old sister, she has been missing since 10/17/2012, we have heard she may be in California, Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Louisianna, North Carolina or Idaho (Nampa maybe Boise), we need to get this picture to all states! It is said that 1 in 7 kids are found by picture recognition, I do believe she is in danger, Please help. If you see her call 1-800-786-2929.

I need as many people as possible to help me with this. My sister-in-law went missing a week ago and we are trying to spread the word about her. Her name is Katherine Lea Maiden and goes by "Kat". She is 16 years old and could be in California or North Carolina or anywhere in between. She has been reported as a runaway and local police around the states are aiding in the search. If you see her or know where she is, PLEASE call 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY). I PROMISE THIS ISNT A PRANK, PRACTICAL JOKE OR ANY KIND OF BS. This is a REAL missing teenager.


Origins:   The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children posted an entry for 16-year-old Katherine Lea Maiden (misidentified in some Internet-circulated notices as Tiffany Olson Maiden, the sister who posted a Facebook notice about her disappearance), listing her as an "Endangered Runaway" from Nampa, Idaho, who was last seen on 17 October 2012:

Katherine was last seen on October 17, 2012. She may be in the company of an adult male. They may travel to Texas or North Carolina. Her navel is pierced. Katherine may go by the nickname Kat.

Katherine returned to her family at the end of 2012.

Last updated:   3 January 2013

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

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