Missing 19-year-old found safe after search: TBI


Michaelle Van Kleef was last seen on Sunday around the Benders Ferry Road area in Mount Juliet.
Michaelle Van Kleef was last seen on Sunday around the Benders Ferry Road area in Mount Juliet.(Wilson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 4:15 PM CDT
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MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WSMV) - Michaelle Jo Lynn Van Kleef, a 19-year-old woman who had been missing since Sunday night, has been found safe, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Crews searched for Van Kleef all week. Her parents Amanda and Lawrence Van Kleef told WSMV earlier this week Michaelle came to Wilson County to study at a dog-training facility. It was her first time away from her family and she was supposed to fly back to Boston Wednesday night.

Van Kleef’s family released the following statement on Facebook:

“Dear sweet family and friends….. your prayers have sustained us though one of the most horrific times in our family’s lives…..it is with grateful hearts that we tell you that Michaëlle has been found safe!! She does not wish to be contacted and she needs time to rebuild her life. Thank you for your understanding and love.”

This is a developing story. We will update this story when more information becomes available.