The mother of North Carolina teenager Hailey Burns says it's "a dream come true:" Her daughter has been found alive more than a year after she disappeared. Shaunna Burns tells WSOC that her daughter, who was 16 when she vanished and is now 17, had been held captive by Michael Ren Wysolovski, a 31-year-old Georgia man she met online. He "got her in the car, brought her straight to his house, and she pretty much had to stay there the whole time," the mother says. The FBI says Hailey was found at a home in Duluth, around 30 miles north of Atlanta, after a special agent received a tip that she was in the area.
Hailey has been reunited with her family and Wysolovski has been arrested and charged with offenses including false imprisonment, aggravated sodomy, interference with custody, and cruelty to children, WBTV reports. Hailey is believed to have left her home of her own accord last May. After her disappearance, her parents said she had Asperger's syndrome and was naive, easily manipulated by people she met online, and more like a 12-year-old than a 16-year-old, WCCB reports. They said after the disappearance, they found out from a classmate that Hailey had been talking to a 30-year-old man over the previous month who said "that he would be her friend and she could come to him."