UPDATE: Missing 9-year-old found safe

UPDATE (3/17/22 – 7:06 p.m.): Lavaya has been found safe.


RAPID VALLEY, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating nine-year-old Lavaya Marie Atchley.

Photo courtesy Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.

Lavaya was last seen in Rapid Valley at 3:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. She is approximately five feet tall, 140 pounds, wears clear glasses, has reddish medium-length hair and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and maroon leggings with white shoes.

She also has a black backpack with a unicorn on it.

Anyone with any information about Lavaya’s whereabouts should contact the PCSO immediately at 605-394-2151.

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