“She gets overwhelmed at times,” Oklahoma teen found safe in Tulsa

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PONCA CITY, Okla.- A missing Ponca City girl that inspired a statewide search was found safe in Tulsa.

Police say she willingly left a basketball game with a 16-year-old boy and his mother.

Her grandmother says she has left home in the past.

Video from a Sand Springs school shows 14-year-old Kylie Jones leaving with a 16-year-old boy and his mother after a basketball game Tuesday night.

"The lady went in the restroom with Kylie and the boy went out and brought this duffle back in. And when they came out, she's got this hoodie pulled up over her head and is walking out," Susan Jones, the girl's grandmother, said.

Leaving and running away, a behavior Kylie's grandmother says is too familiar.

"She tends to deal with stuff by clamming up and running from it instead of dealing with it," Jones said.

Kylie's grandmother says she's never been far, usually ending up at a friend's house in Ponca City.

"She gets overwhelmed at times and does things like this, she always feels horrible when it's over and she's embarrassed," Jones said.

Late this evening, Sand Springs police tracked the girl down to an apartment in Tulsa using phone records.

"She knows no matter what's happened or what she's done, she can come back,"Jones says.

Police say they found the 8th grader unharmed. Now, she's headed back home.

"I don't know what's happened or what made her feel like she needed to get away," Jones says.

No arrests have been made.

Sand Springs police plan to turn its findings over to the district attorney's office, who will then decide if charges will be filed.

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