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Posted May 16, 2011 | comments 3 Comments

*Missing Woodstock woman found safe

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- Friends and family of Katalina Mikitarian, 21, are celebrating her being found safe Monday morning after being missing for a week.

Lisa Mikitarian, the woman's mother, has yet to speak to her daughter or the family she has been staying with, but is "pretty confident" Katalina is safe and the one who phoned a family friend Monday.

The woman was dropped off at the Richmond Greyhound station on May 9 after being unexpectedly sent home from a program she was attending. Her ticket was for Charlottesville, but she was never found at the station in that city, and her parents did not have prior notice of her expulsion.

Mikitarian said Katalina wound up with a Christian family and had no idea people were looking for her until seeing a television report Monday morning in Charlottesville. She contacted a friend's mother, who then contacted Lisa Mikitarian.

Mikitarian said her daughter wanted to find a job to prove she could be independent before coming home.

"She didn't want to come home under a cloud of embarrassment that she's faced," she said.

Mikitarian said her daughter may call her Monday night.

"There could not be a better resolution," she said.

A Facebook page, "Finding Katalina," has already received dozens of responses celebrating the news.

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    Praise God that Kat was found! We've been praying for her since she went missing!!!

    Whole lot of details missing from this tale of adventure. What's with the tightlipped hush-hush???

    Sent home because... Novice trainee broke vow?
    Expelled from.... a school or a convent?
    Who paid for... tuition?
    Evicted from... a dormitory?
    Not talking to... her mother?
    Did not own... a cell phone?
    In need of help... could not call home?
    Cloud of embarrassment... for what?
    Taken to bus station... by whom?
    Moved in with... somebody?

    Hmmmm, wonder what this was all about? Whole lot of drama raising a whole lot of new questions. Inquiring minds want to know.

    They do? Really?

    I'm glad that she was found safely, and that she didn't fall victim to foul play.

    As far as her relationship with her mother, her cell phone plan, and what she may or may not be embarrassed about ..... um.... that seems like it's *her* business. Not mine. My mind isn't inquiring about that at all.

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