4:15 p.m. update:

According to the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, detectives located Ciera Waldrop late this afternoon and she has been returned safe and unharmed to her mother.


Investigators with the McDowell County Sheriff’s office are looking for a 12-year-old girl who they say ran away from 1694 Yancey Road in Marion shortly after midnight on Friday.

Ciera Jacqulin Dawn Waldrop is described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing approximately 120 pounds.

She has long brown hair, green eyes, a cow-lick on the left side of her head and a dark freckle on her left shoulder.

Waldrop wears glasses and has braces.

Anyone with information on Waldrop’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 and ask for Detective Billie Brown.