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Authorities searching for teen who left foster family in Yellowstone National Park

Posted at 3:44 PM, Aug 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-11 17:44:51-04

BILLINGS – A West Virginia girl is missing, after running away from a her foster family in Yellowstone National Park.

Lachaela “Shay” Putnick, 14, had been in the custody of West Virginia Child Protective Services, but was temporarily placed with a foster family in Wyoming, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

On August 7, she left the family while on a trip to Yellowstone, and has not made contact with family or authorities since then.

According to the sheriff’s department, Putnick has ties to Billings, MT, as well as cities in Wyoming, Colorado, West Virginia and Florida.

Putnick is described as having brown hair, brown eyes, is 5’4" tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at 304-357-0169.