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Missing Rochester teen returns to Rochester, reunited with family

Updated: 05/10/2014 8:26 PM
Created: 05/10/2014 9:28 AM WHEC.com

After going missing on Monday, being found in Minnesota on Wednesday, a missing Rochester teen is back home with her family.

Amber Goolsby returned home late Friday night in Rochester. According to police, Goolsby went missing on Monday. She was found two days later inside a trailer in Minnesota.

Fifty three-year-old Michael Goerlich, of Minnesota, has been charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment. Investigators say Goolsby met him online in a chat room.

Al Goolsby, Amber’s father, says he and other parents need to be more aware of what their kids are doing online.

“Don’t be afraid to engage in and get involved with your children and social media. Don’t be afraid to walk into that. Find out exactly what’s going on because it can prevent a lot of things from happening if you do,” said Al.

Janice Goolsby, Amber's mom, made the 1,000 mile flight out to Minneapolis to bring her daughter home. After waiting since about 11:30 a.m. Friday, Janice says she was able to reconnect with her daughter late Friday afternoon.

“I just want to thank everybody for their prayers and their support. You know, I can’t say that enough. It has been wonderful. It has been inspiring,” said Janice.

The Goolsby family says they are happy that Amber is home, but, most importantly, that she is safe.





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