Search Continues For Missing Teenager

Emely Padilla

KENLY – The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a runaway teenager.

Emely Valeska Castro Padilla was last seen on May 13, 2024 at North Johnston High School. A missing person report was filed by her family on May 17.

Emely is a 17 year-old Hispanic female, 5 foot 4, 160 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a long gray shirt and dark colored shorts.

She is believed to be in the Kenly or Micro area. Foul play is not suspected.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Emely Valeska Castro Padilla is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Callers may remain anonymous.


  1. She isn’t your daughter and she is legal to self determination whatever that means. She is still a very young women who deserves to be protected and cared about. It’s heartbreaking to see young kids on the streets. Hope people help to find her and make sure she is ok.

    • show me the NC General statute that says a 16 year old is “legal to self determination’ and I will believe you. Other than that she is a juvenile that has run away from home. The reason why is not important till she is found, then the why can be addressed.

      • I agree with you Joe Schmoe I not even sure what legal self determination is. I think emely is a sweet girl who made a bad decision and should be home and family works together to figure out what the problem is.

      • Joe Shmoe, before saying that 16-17 isn’t a legal age to self determination do some research and then write your meaningless reply, you have no idea what that little girl went through and don’t know the full story, whenever she turns 18 she’ll be legal and it won’t and never will be any of your concern unless your actually looking for her which I doubt since your taking your time to write this stupid reply and probably sitting down chowing down on some Cheeto puffs.

  2. She isn’t your daughter, she is a young woman who is missing!! She deserves to be looked for and found, her safety is more important than anything. There is really awful people who pray on young women. I really hope she is found and is ok.

  3. Its pretty ridicules to try to force a 17 yr old to return to a home they willingly left. Prob just leave again. Ive seen parents freak out when their ~30 yr old kids stop talking to them cause mom and dad still trying to micromanage their lives

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  4. She went missing on May 13th and it was not reported till May 17th? To me that does not sound right! I hope she is found safe and sound. By the way she is a minor at the age of 17 and will be returned home when found.

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