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Weekend search ends in safe return of juvenile

Amber Alert issued Sunday for 11-year old Green Creek juvenile

GREEN CREEK—Emergency crews and law enforcement called off a weekend search of a missing girl Sunday night just before 10 p.m. 

Allison Paige Henderson, 11, was missing since early Saturday morning. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office began sending out alerts at 7:41 p.m. Saturday night, then on Sunday afternoon were searching for Henderson and her uncle, David Neil Henderson, 38, who they believe had Allison. 

A ping of her cell phone was last located at David Henderson’s home in Green Creek on Saturday and law enforcement could not locate either David or Allison Henderson. Law enforcement officials say David Henderson has a criminal history. 

An Amber alert was issued on Sunday and the sheriff’s office sent alerts that North and South Carolina Emergency Services were in the area of Ray Blackley Road and Melvin Hill Road conducting a missing persons search and for people to avoid the area. 

The sheriff’s office sent an update at 10:06 p.m. saying the juvenile had been located and was safe. 

As of Monday afternoon, no arrests had been made, according to public information officer and staff attorney J.J. Sauve.

“The juvenile was recovered within the search area inside of Spartanburg County and we have been coordinating with authorities in South Carolina to determine the circumstances surrounding the juvenile leaving the home and going into South Carolina,” Sauve said.

The agencies involved in the investigation and search include the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Department of Social Services, Spartanburg County DSS, Polk County Emergency Management, Spartanburg County Emergency Management, Spartanburg County Search and Rescue, Green Creek Fire Department, Columbus Fire Department, Tryon Fire Department, Saluda Fire Department, North Carolina Wildlife, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service.