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Michelle Reynolds FOUND SAFE: Missing Texas teacher, 48, was living with homeless people in New Orleans

A person Michelle Reynolds was eating with recognized her face from the news and approached local authorities
Michelle Reynolds was reported missing since September 22 (Brazoria County Sheriff's Office)
Michelle Reynolds was reported missing since September 22 (Brazoria County Sheriff's Office)

ALVIN, TEXAS: An Alvin teacher who was reported missing since September, has been found "alive and well" on Monday, October 31, in New Orleans. The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said Michelle Reynolds, 48, has been safely reunited with her family after they were able to identify her. No other information was given at the request of her family. 

Reynolds' husband Michael also admitted that his wife had been found, according to WSDU News. He told the outlet that his wife was identified living among the city's homeless population. A person Reynolds was eating with recognized her face from the news and approached local authorities. Reynolds was taken to Louisiana State Police after being identified and thereafter housed by a family member living two hours away from New Orleans. Michael did not speak to his wife since her discovery but was on his way to New Orleans to pick her up on Wednesday morning, November 2.


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Reynolds was first reported missing on September 22 and a later, her car was found in New Orleans the day. Her photo surfaced that same day as she walked down a street in the city, wearing the same hairstyle and color, clothes and shoes as she was at her last confirmed sighting. The nonprofit search and recovery outfit Texas EquuSearch obtained surveillance camera footage. "We did get surveillance of her actually parking her car on Saint Peters Street at 12:01 p.m. Friday afternoon and then kind of what direction she was walking. Saint Peters Street is pretty close to the Mississippi River," Tom Miller with Texas EquuSearch told Fox 26 News at that time. 


MEAWW previously reported that after a two-month search, police have found the body of Jolissa Fuentes, a California woman who had been missing. According to the authorities, her car left Trimmer Springs Road and crossed over Maxon Road north of Pine Flat Lake, leading to the assumption that an automobile accident caused her death.

As per Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, the 22-year-old's body was discovered at the scene of the crash at the bottom of a 400-foot cliff in a rural area of Fresno County north of Pine Flat Lake after authorities discovered evidence that Fuentes' automobile had driven off the road. On August 7, Fuentes' family filed a missing person's report when she did not return home from a family gathering early that morning to get some belongings. She was last seen driving a 2011 silver Hyundai Accent that was discovered at the site as she left a convenience shop, according to officials as stated by New York Post. While the reason for the collision is still unknown, authorities said they think Fuentes was probably exhausted from being up all night. Police had previously looked in the area where Fuentes was discovered. However, they were hampered by thick bushes. Officials stated that to collect Fuentes' body on October 10, search and rescue teams had to rappel down more than 400 feet.