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Officials locate missing Charlotte teen in Georgia one year later

Posted June 25
Updated June 26


— A teenage girl who left her Charlotte home more than one year ago has been found alive in Georgia, officials announced Sunday.

A special agent in Charlotte received information that 17-year-old Hailey Burns may be at a home in Duluth, Georgia, a town near Atlanta. Overnight, state officials recovered Burns at a home located at 2723 Seneca Trail.

Officials said 31-year-old Michael Ren Wysolovski was arrested in connection with Burns' disappearance and is facing a number of state charges.

The teen is now reunited with her parents, who told officials they are grateful for the outpouring of support they have received while she’s been missing but that they ask for privacy at this time to focus on their daughter.

FBI Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will continue their investigation into the teen's disappearance.


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  • William Jones Jun 26, 12:37 p.m.
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    Agreed, I was just correcting Ed's misstatement of the law. And you will note statutory rape is not one of the charges he is facing.

  • Crystal Norris Jun 26, 12:32 p.m.
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    It doesn't really matter what the law is if she was kidnapped.

  • Josha Barton Jun 26, 10:26 a.m.
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    Great work here, don't forget she is still a young teenager. Whether she was influenced or left on her own, welcome home.

  • Royce Dunnivan Jun 26, 8:36 a.m.
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    She met him online, he convinced her to leave with him. She confided with someone in Romania (yes, Romania) who contacted her parents. She had sent a pic from her window to the Romanian, so the FBI was able to get a fix on the location. Great detective work, the Romanian did a good deed. This info from story in the N&O

  • William Jones Jun 26, 6:41 a.m.
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    Statute # is 14-27.7A

  • William Jones Jun 26, 5:59 a.m.
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    No Ed, if she's under 16 and he's more than 4 years older it's statutory rape. If both are over 16 age doesn't matter legally. Bad law but that's how it is. NC statute 14-27-7a

  • Ed Livesay Jun 25, 11:44 p.m.
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    If he's five years older than her and she is under 18, statutory rape comes into play.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Jun 25, 3:49 p.m.
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    So what has Ms Burns been doing in Georgia? Has she not had the opportunity to make a phone call? Send an email? A text message? Was she staying because she wanted to? And no folks. Before you jump on me, I am not suggesting that a 30 year old man should be able to run off with a 16 year old female. That is just sick, but isn't the age of consent in NC 16? Maybe taking her across state lines is what defines it as a crime, but that is just a thought.