UT student reported missing on Thursday found safely at a children's hospital, family says

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Monday, September 12, 2022
What to do when someone you know goes missing
What to do when someone you know goes missing

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- A 20-year-old University of Texas student and Houston native has been located safely, her family says.

Aliayae Haynes was found at a children's hospital after her family reported her missing on Sept. 8.

According to her family, police are currently investigating the matter.

Haynes was last seen at the Ball Park North Apartments on 4600 Elemont Drive on Thursday. Her family said that the last time they spoke to her was on a phone call that same day.

On Friday, Haynes' parents received a call from a stranger on her cellphone that was found with her belongings in a grassy area.

The family then traveled to Austin to look for Haynes and questioned those that knew her. They went to her apartment that she shared with three other roommates, who said that the last time they saw Haynes was the previous Wednesday.

A classmate of Haynes also spoke with her parents, telling them that the last time he saw her was on Thursday on the bus. The classmate also said he believed that Hayes did not show up at her 3:30 p.m. class because it was muddy.

Haynes' mother said her daughter is very organized and has never run away.

Security at the apartments where Haynes' resided conducted a welfare check. They said that nothing was out of the ordinary in her room.

The family said they did not find her debit card and hoped it was with her, but when they checked with her bank, they said there hadn't been any suspicious activity.

There was one male friend that the parents were aware of who told the family the last time he saw her was on Monday.

The family says he was questioned by the Austin Police Department and was cleared.