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Er, I'm not missing.. I'm in my house; Rachael, 15, uses Facebook to reassure pals she's safe.

Byline: Jamie Beatson reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A FACEBOOK appeal for a missing 15-year-old girl was posted by police - only for her to reply minutes later saying: "That's awkward - I'm in my house."

Tayside Police launched the search via their social media outlets and through a press release asking for information to find Rachael Whitton, of Arbroath.

Inspector David McIntosh posted a message to the force's 30,000 Facebook followers, stating: "Tayside Police are appealing for information to help trace the whereabouts of 15-year-old Rachael Whitton.

"Rachael was last seen in the Rowan Path area of Arbroath around 11.30 at night, on November 17, 2012.

"Rachael is described as 5ft tall with long fair hair, she was last seen wearing black leggings, a white blouse, brown leather jacket, black converse or black heels.

"Anyone who has seen Rachael or has any information that could assist police with their enquiries should contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any officer."

But minutes later, Rachael replied to their Facebook status, saying: "That's awkward, I'm in my house" She added that friends had reported her missing to police.

traced She said: "It was one of my friends who did it. I don't know who or why.

"The police have been to my house so it must have been about me.

"I'd rather my friends did call the emergency services if I was in trouble.

"Fair enough, they got it wrong this time, but they were just trying to look out for me."

A Tayside Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that Rachael has been traced safe and well."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 19, 2012
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