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Missing White County Teen Reunited With Family

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by Emily Luxen

SPARTA, Tenn. -- A White County teenager missing for five years has been reunited with her family.

Tiffany Rose Hayes Oliver disappeared from her home in Sparta on April 15, 2007 at age 13.  Ever since, her photo has been posted around town, and she has been the subject of a massive search.

Monday, a tip led White County sheriff's deputies to an apartment complex in Sparta.  Oliver had returned to the city and was looking for a family member who lived in the complex.

"We responded to the scene," said Det. Chris Isom with the White County Sheriff's Department, " I knocked on the door, and I walked in and there she was sitting on the couch."

Det. Isom said the department has committed countless hours to the case, and has followed up on hundreds of tips through the years.  They have also worked with law enforcement officers all across the country to try and locate her.  To finally find Oliver unharmed, was a relief.

"We've told her several times we are so glad she's home, and are so glad she's reunited with her family," said Det. Isom.

Family members were emotional outside the White County Sheriff's Department when they saw her for the first time.

"I was like, oh no, I can't believe this," said Tammy Pitts, Oliver's aunt. "She showed up and I was like, wow."

"I am so speechless right now," said Oliver. "I can't believe I'm home."

Detectives credit residents' persistence and willingness to call in tips.  They said it was a huge help in the investigation.

"It was a good conclusion to a long five years," said Det. Isom. "I think it's a victory for the whole community."

White County sheriff's deputies are still investigating the case, and are not releasing details on where Oliver went, or who she was with during the last five years. It is unknown if any charges will be filed.

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