Two Polk teens missing

Published 9:50 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

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One located in Polk County Friday evening 

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POLK COUNTY—As of Friday,  two teens who are from Polk County were missing from state custody. 

One of the teens was located by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Friday evening. 

On Thursday afternoon, the public was notified that Emily Rebekah Garcia, 15, went missing from a Buncombe County facility. Garcia is approximately 5’5” tall, has dark brown hair and brown/hazel eyes. She was last seen in Black Mountain and has friends and family in Polk, Henderson and Buncombe counties. She was located safely Friday. 

Friday morning, Kaden Chance Jobe, 17, went missing from an Avery County facility. 

Jobe is 5’9” tall, has light brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen in Crossnore. Jobe has family and friends in Polk County, as well as Spartanburg and Cherokee counties in South Carolina and in Cleveland, Ga. 

Both teens are in Polk County’s Division of Social Services and were being housed outside the county. 

Polk County DSS Director Kim Wilson said Friday that Polk’s agency is looking for any information on the teens’ whereabouts to ensure that they are both safe. 

Anyone in Polk County who may know of the whereabouts of either teen is urged to contact the Polk County DSS office at 828-894-2100 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. or 828-894-0188 after hours. 

People can also contact the Avery County Sheriff’s Office at 828-733-2071 if they know information about Jobe.