ELLSWORTH, Maine — A teenage girl who went missing Wednesday evening in downtown Ellsworth has been found and reunited with her family, according to local police.

Khaitlynn Prosser, 13, turned up around midday Thursday at “an area hospital,” Lt. Harold Page of Ellsworth Police Department said. He declined to specify which hospital.

“She is safe at this point and the investigation continues,” Page said.

Few other details were available Thursday. Page said Prosser is not a Hancock County resident but declined to say where she is from.

Police began searching for Prosser around 7 p.m. Wednesday, after someone reported having seen her leave the Ellsworth Public Library on State Street. Multiple agencies sent officers to assist in the search, including Maine State Police, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Marine Patrol and the local fire department, which searched part of the Union River by boat. The river runs directly behind the library.

Police later learned a security camera outside a Water Street business had recorded video of Prosser getting into a black Hyundai Sonata around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, about 10 minutes after she had been seen leaving the library.

Page said police are hoping to contact the driver of the vehicle to interview him or her about Prosser. The recording indicates the vehicle turned and drove south toward Bayside Road in Trenton after Prosser got in, police indicated on the department’s Facebook page.

“We still would like to talk to the person in the black Hyundai,” Page said Thursday.

He said the girl was in the process of being reunited with her family Thursday afternoon.

“They were on their way there just now,” he said.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....