Police Have Tracked Down Missing UMD Student in Texas, and She’s OK

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Kaitlyn George, Courtesy UMD Police

Authorities say they have located a 21-year-old University of Maryland student who went missing for six days and had last been seen in Baltimore on Friday morning. After boarding a Greyhound bus head to Virginia, she apparently managed to make it all the way out to Houston, Texas.

Kaitlyn George’s disappearance created a bit of a stir late last week and over the weekend. Police said she was supposed to go on a hiking trip on Thursday, but instead hopped into a cab outside her hall on the University of Maryland Campus in College Park. Her boyfriend reported her missing that evening after she never showed up.

Police managed to retrace some of her steps and found that had that her taxi driver dropped her off in Federal Hill on Thursday night, after which she climbed into an SUV. Investigators then confirmed that she was on a Charm City Circulator bus.

Last night, police divulged new details: George was seen on security footage entering the Greyhound Bus Station near Horseshoe Casino in South Baltimore. That happened about three hours after she was seen on the Circulator bus. About two hours later, she boarded a bus headed to Norfolk, Va., with stops in D.C., Richmond and Hampton.

However, at some point over the weekend, George made her way out west. Police received notice this morning from the Houston Police Department that George had been found there at a fast food restaurant. She was by herself and was just fine, police said.

It remains pretty unclear how and when George made her way out to Texas. The entire time, police had ruled out foul play in her disappearance.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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  1. I’m sorry, and I feel like a voyeur, and I am so thankful that she is okay…BUT, she was found in a fast food restaurant “by herself and just fine?” Just fine? But she disappeared for six days, and made her way to Houston Texas from Baltimore? Was she just trying to break up with the hiking boyfriend?? I cannot fathom the anguish of her parents for those six days! If there’s any follow-up, FB, please keep us in the loop!! It takes my mind off the election!

  2. Aren’t 21 year old adults free to come and go as they please? Missing? What does that mean? I could see it if she were a minor child, but an adult? Sounds like she just forgot to put the ‘gone fishing” sign on her desk.

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