Police confirm missing 16-year-old girl located in Albany and taken to hospital for assessment

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The missing 16-year-old girl has been located.
Camera IconThe missing 16-year-old girl has been located. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Police found a missing teenager near bushland in Orana, more than a week after she left her home in Banjup.

The 16-year-old was reported missing after leaving her family home in Banjup on Friday, August 4 and was sighted in Albany on Sunday.

Great Southern police confirmed on Friday morning that the teen had been located in Albany and was taken to Albany Health Campus for assessment.

During routine patrolling police located the girl at about 7.50am near the carpark of Coles in Orana and she was taken to hospital with no apparent injuries.

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On Thursday, police said the girl was on board the Transwa bus from Perth to Albany on Sunday, August 6.

The teen was then spotted on CCTV footage in York Street near the Amcal+ pharmacy later on Sunday afternoon.

Police launched drones late on Thursday in the area they believed the teen may have been in.

Acting Senior Sergeant officer-in-charge, Dave Loverock, said police had welfare concerns for the teen who had some medical issues.

He said her family were ecstatic to have their daughter back and believed she had been sleeping rough for a number of nights before she was found.

Police and family were searching the Albany area before she was located.

Police sent a text message to Albany residents on Thursday morning and again at 9.12pm that night, saying they had serious welfare concerns and were searching for the 16-year-old in the Albany area.

That came after WA police issued a social media release on Sunday when Lexi was last seen leaving her home on Beenyup Drive before boarding a train in Perth.

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