Independence police called off an amber alert for 16-year-old Makenzie Green.

A 16-year-old Grain Valley girl was found safe early this morning at a home in St. Joseph, Mo. A male juvenile is in custody, and police say charges are likely.


Independence police say the family of Makenzie R. Green, a junior at Grain Valley High School, reported her missing Wednesday afternoon. She “apparently disappeared from this jurisdiction,” said Independence Police Department spokesman Tom Gentry.


As they worked the case, police put out an Amber Alert for Makenzie, which means they suspected she had been abducted. That alert went out around 5 p.m.


A 911 call led police to the home in St. Joseph. They watched the house, and when Makenzie and the juvenile male came out at about 5:35 a.m., police grabbed them.


Independence police are questioning both young people.


“Yes, there are charges that are going to be pursued – likely,” Gentry.


Makenzie had been last seen at school Wednesday morning.


He car was found Wednesday in a parking lot of a business at U.S. 40 and Washington Avenue in Independence. Her purse and cell phone were inside –  and a memo to her father on her phone said she was scared and that her father should come find her because she was with her ex-boyfriend, police said Wednesday. She had ended her relationship with the boyfriend on Monday, according to police.


Independence and St. Joseph police, the Kansas City Career Criminal Squad, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms worked the case.