Thirteen-year-old Amy LaPorte has been located and is safe.

UPDATE: 12/30/2013 01:30am Amy LaPorte has been found and is home.

According to the New Hartford Police Department:  "The missing child, 13 year old Amy T. laPorte has been located and returned home safely. This incident shows what an important tool that social media is in getting information out to the public in a timely manner. In the 24 hours that the Facebook post was up it was viewed by close to 100,000 people and shared nearly 3000 times. As always we thank the public and local media for your assistance. We would also like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their assistance."

Original Story:

Amy is believed to have run away and police and her family need your help finding her.

 

 

From the New Hartford Police posting:

"The New Hartford Police Department is attempting to locate Amy T. laPorte age 13 of New Hartford. Amy was last seen the evening of December 27th, 2013 and is believed to have run away from her residence on Ironwood Road in New Hartford. Police are aware that Amy has been in contact with friends via social media outlets and are following up on the communications. Anyone with any information regarding Amy laPorte’s location is urged to contact the New Hartford Police Department at 315-724-7111."