A lacking teenager was rescued by sheriff’s deputies after she used an “I need help” hand gesture extensively disseminated on TikTookay to sign a passing motorist, regulation enforcement officers reported.
The driver who noticed the teenager signaling to him from the again of one other automotive on a Kentucky freeway final week known as 911 and continued to observe the automobile to update deputies on its location, based on a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.
The 16-year-old lady, who had been lacking from her residence in North Carolina for days, used the gesture developed by ladies’s teams as a approach to surreptitiously sign for support in home violence conditions, based on officers.
“The complainant … noticed a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok to represent violence at home,” the sheriff’s assertion learn.
The sign includes holding up a hand, palm out, in a “stop” gesture, then closing the hand with the thumb inside.
The teen additionally gave the impression to be “in distress,” the driving force reported.
Police stopped the automotive because it exited the freeway and arrested the driving force, James Herbert Brick of Cherokee, North Carolina, on suspicion of “unlawful imprisonment,” officers mentioned.
According to the teenager, she had been taken by Brick by way of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, states the sheriff’s division launch.
“We don’t know how long coming down the interstate from Ohio that she had been doing this to other motorists, hoping that they would notice that she was in distress. Finally, someone did recognize” the gestures, Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo advised CNN affiliate WYMT.