Missing Ohio soldier found safe in Peru

Updated: Michaela Nelson is home safe, her family has said.

(This article was updated on 11.08.10, 1.39pm)

A missing US army National Guard soldier from Ohio has been found alive and well in Peru.

Michaela Nelson’s father, Clifford, said the 20-year-old is recovering in a hospital in Lima after disappearing last week.

Nelson’s car was found abandoned on Saturday near a drug rehabilitation centre in a northern Lima suburb. Police said a brief investigation suggested she was beaten before she ran away from the centre.

Nelson had joined the military in the fall of 2009 and is originally from Avon Lake, about 15 miles southwest of Cleveland.

She is assigned to a group that provides military medical care to support first responders and civilians. She was said to be estranged from her family.

Her father said she left her home on 10 August without telling anyone and that the family believes her disappearance was motivated by mental health reasons. He did not elaborate.

He said his daughter spoke to him last week in Columbus but did not give any explanation as to why she was in Lima, in northern Peru.

After initially saying her daughter was suicidal, his family released a statement last week offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her location.

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