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Missing Teen Found Alive After More Than A Year (Photos)

A North Carolina teenager who had been missing for more than a year was found alive in Georgia.

Hailey Burns, 17, was found in a Duluth, Georgia, residence belonging to 31-year-old Michael Wysolovski, according to WBTV. She has been reunited with her family.

Wysolovski was taken into custody and now faces a host of charges including false imprisonment, sodomy/aggravated sodomy, interference with custody and cruelty to children involving first-degree deprivation.

In a statement, the FBI said Burn's parents "are grateful for the outpouring of support they have received while she’s been missing, but they ask for privacy at this time to focus on their daughter."

Burns, then 16, disappeared in May 2016 after walking out of her house at night. Her parents didn't realize she was gone until the following morning when they went to her room to wake her up for school. They said she suffers from Asperger's syndrome and did not have her medication with her when she left.

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"It was the worst feeling you could ever imagine," her father, Tony Burns, told WCNC in June 2016. "You feel completely out of control. You don’t know what to do. You just panic."

Hailey reportedly left behind a diary that revealed her plans to run away with a 32-year-old man she met online.

"He gradually wormed his way into her good graces, he coerced her into listening to him and not following our directions and the next thing I knew my daughter wasn’t communicating with me," Tony said at the time. "He might not be 32, he may be 55 and running a human trafficking organization, there’s no telling. You don’t know who you’re talking to online. It’s not safe."

Tony explained that prior to the disappearance, he and his wife were trying to restrict Hailey's use of computers after they discovered she had been chatting with strangers on the internet.

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Hailey was not allowed to have a cell phone, but her father said she managed to access social media regardless.

"We had tried to eliminate all social media from our home," Tony told WBTV. "Telephones, computers, and she still found ways around it. She would use friends' smart phones or the school library computer."

He warned other parents that the same thing could happen to their children if they're not careful.

"If you’re not vigilant, you’re going to wake up one day and your child is going to be gone and you’re going to be sitting here on a camera pleading with them to contact you," he said.

Sources: WBTV (2), WCNC / Photo credit: Caleb Roenigk/Flickr, Gwinnett County Police Department via WBTV, Burns family via WBTV

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