GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Endangered 3-year-old Zella Linklater has been found safe, according to Greene County Sheriff Wesley Holt.
Zella was found conscious and alert and was taken to a doctor to get checked out, Holt said.
Zella was missing for almost 24 hours after her grandmother, 54-year-old Belinda Wilson, took off with her toward the woods near Horse Creek off Bumblebee Lane, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
Wilson has been found as well.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, they were located in the woods. Holt says they had no blankets or shelter and were found under a tree trying to stay warm.
GCSD has charged Wilson with custodial inference and child neglect/endangerment.
Zella was returned to her parents who were on scene as she was located.