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Last updated on Friday, July 27, 2012
(BLOOMFIELD) - The missing rural Bloomfield woman who has a genetic learning disability has been located by county police.
Nick Schneider of the Greene County Daily World reports, towever, 24-year-old Tia Spires still has not returned home.
Spires has been missing from her Baseline Road home since July 19 and is reported to be in the Bloomfield area staying with two new "friends" that she recently met in an online chat room on the Internet, according to her dad, Sam Spires.
Spires said he and his wife, Tina, were notified that their daughter was safe.
Greene County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Major Mike Hasler confirmed that Sgt. Chris McDonald had located the missing woman.
The names of the couple that Spires is staying with have not been released.
McDonald has talked with the young couple who is letting Spires stay in their home.
McDonald accessed cell phone records and Tia's Internet accounts to find her location, according to Sam Spires.
The father said calls were made to the location "pinged" and the "younger" couple called back to the sheriff's department to report that Tia was safe.
While Spires is relieved that his daughter has been found, he stated, "I want to know she is absolutely OK. ... She hasn't come home yet."
Her father said it has been expressed to police that Tia is voluntarily staying at the Bloomfield home.
Tina Spires added, "We received a call from Officer Chris McDonald that said he did know where she was in the local area and he spoke with the people she is suppose to be with over the phone who said she had been staying there and doesn't want to come home and has been hiding from us. The officer was supposed to do a personal check with Tia last night to make sure all is well with her."
The mother remains worried.
"She is not home with us and we still have not spoken to or seen Tia, but the officer tells us he does have her location and we anxiously await his call. We are still a little up-in-the-air but are relieved to know that she has been located," Tina Spires added.
She noted special thanks to the Greene County Sheriff's Department and McDonald for their hard work on the case.
The parents had been concerned their daughter may be in danger and in desperate need of medication.
The Spires reported their daughter missing to the Greene County Sheriff's Department on July 19, and her name was put on a national network.
The missing woman's mother also said evidence was found at home that Tia had been visiting what she called "questionable chat room sites" on the Internet, which heightened their concern for her safety.
Tia has a genetic brain disorder which has left her with the mentality of a 15 or 16 year old, and she needs daily medication to control the chemical imbalance that she experiences, according to her dad.
Sam Spires said if his daughter doesn't take her medication on a regular basis, the first thing she'll notice is her hair starting to fall out. The effects could also include convulsions and coma, if the medication is not taken for a longer period of time.
He dad is somewhat relieved, but wants his daughter to come home.
"I'm just relieved to know she's OK and not laying in a ditch somewhere. I was able to breath and relax a little." he said.
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