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ST. JAMES PARISH, La. Deputies asked for the public's help in finding a 15-year-old last seen getting off the school bus on Tuesday, according to the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office.

Melanie Welch was dropped off by the bus at her house around 2:45 p.m., deputies said.

Welch's mother contacted the sheriff's office around 6:30 p.m. to report that her daughter had apparently run away from home.

Welch was found safe and unharmed on Wednesday. Around noon, she was taken to the sheriff's office to be reunited with her mother.

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