A missing 16-year-old Florida girl has been safely reunited with her parents, after they made an unlikely connection with fast-food chain Chick-fil-A and social media.
Last Tuesday, Steve and Tammy Harp of Jacksonville, Fla., discovered a note written by their daughter, Kaitlyn, saying that she had run away with a 19-year-old boy she had met online, according to First Coast News.
Enter the power of social media.
The Harps then discovered a photo of the two on Instagram and noticed that he was wearing a Chick-fil-A shirt.
They brought the picture to a Chick-fil-A restaurant near the local airport and to another location in a nearby town. Lita Fannin, the manager at the latter location, then posted the photo on a Facebook page for Chick-fil-A managers.
"I have kids around that age, and I would hope if that happened to me, someone would act quickly," Fannin told First Coast News.
Two hours later, a manager at another Florida location, Elio Florin, recognized the boy, Daniel Bridgeman, and called the Harps.
He even drove Kaitlyn back home—with Bridgeman in the car, too.
"Tears were shed in our driveway this morning," Tammy told the news site.
"Because of [Chick-fil-A's] involvement, what could have taken days, weeks or months, only took a matter of two or three hours once they got involved," Steve added.
While no charges were pressed against Bridgeman, "he got a stern lecture from Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers, who were at their home when he arrived," the site reports.