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Coast teen missing for more than three weeks has been found, cops say

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A 16-year-old Biloxi girl who has been missing for more than three weeks has been found safe, police said.

Gabriella “Gabby” Hymel was found at 7:12 a.m. Friday, Biloxi police said. Her parents had reported they hadn’t seen her since about 11 p.m. Oct. 16, Biloxi police said.

She had been listed as a missing person and a runaway.

Investigators believed she may have been with a woman in her early 20s, which could result in charges against the woman, Maj. Christopher De Back has previously said.

Gabby had spoken with someone on Snapchat on Oct. 26, but would not say where she was or who she is with, De Back said.

The woman she was believed to be with is known as Jessika and drives a black older-model four-door vehicle, he said.

Police on Friday didn’t immediately say if Gabby was with the woman or if charges are pending.

Gabby has run away before, but state law requires she be listed as a missing person, De Back said.

SunHerald.com will update this report if police provide additional information.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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