Hancock County

Missing Hancock teen called her aunt from the woods

Sydney Rae Godwin, 16, is missing after leaving Hancock County High School on Thursday.
Sydney Rae Godwin, 16, is missing after leaving Hancock County High School on Thursday.

Sydney Rae Godwin, a Kiln teenager missing since Thursday and the focus of a search, called her aunt in Gulfport around 2 p.m. Monday and came home.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Sydney was now considered a runaway who has returned and not a missing person. They were looking for her in the Bay St. Louis and Waveland area, where she was believed to be with a 19-year-old male. She is 16.

Investigator Lynn Jones said that when Sydney called, “she told her aunt to come pick her up, that she had been in the woods.”

“No one took her,” Jones said. “She left the school voluntarily Thursday and never came home.”

Jones said Sydney was in good condition but has some mosquito bites.

Her aunt and mother were on their way to the sheriff’s office around 3 p.m. to close the case. Jones said they will be bringing Sydney to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to talk with her.

She was considered found at 2 p.m., Jones said, but she had contacted her mother a little earlier in the day Monday.

On Thursday, Sydney didn’t report for the second half of school. Jones said there was testing at Hancock County High School that day, and Sydney told her first block teacher she wouldn’t be there for the second half of the day because her mother was picking her up.

Her mother, who received a call from the school that Sydney did not report for the second block of testing, called sheriff’s investigators for help.

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