UPDATE: Missing Kent County Teen Found Safe in North Carolina
UPDATE (10/3/22, 7:20 p.m.):
Ja'Da' Whitehead was found in North Carolina Monday evening.
19-year-old Marquaress Josephs, who she was believed to be with, is now in custody.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Kent County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a 13-year-old female who may be headed to North Carolina with a 19-year-old male.
According to police, 13-year-old Ja'Da' Whitehead from Plainfield Township, just North of Grand Rapids, was last seen by her family on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
Her family says she may be in the company of a 19-year-old New York man, Marquaress Josephs.
It is believed Josephs traveled to Grand Rapids a few days ago to meet with Ja'Da'.
Investigators found that on October 2, the two purchased bus tickets from Grand Rapids to Winston-Salem, NC.
Ja'Da' is believed to have gone voluntarily, but due to her age and the circumstances, the Kent County Sheriff's Office is asking for any tips in regards to her whereabouts.
The Kent County Sheriff's Office is working in coordination with the Winston-Salem Police Department as well.
Anyone with information that could help to move the investigation forward, is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Office at 616-632-6125, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 to report information safely and anonymously.
This is a developing story.