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Missing Wood Co. teen believed to be in Madison found safe

Elexa Cooley
Elexa Cooley(Wood Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 1:27 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2021 at 4:47 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The missing Wood Co. teen who was believed to be in Madison area earlier this week has been located in New Jersey and is safe, investigators say.

Elexa Cooley had been missing for just over week, having disappeared on August 26, after leaving her Arpin home. Two days later, the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice issued an endangered missing alert for her.

Roby Parker, who was mentioned as a possible travel companion for Cooley, was confirmed to be at the EZpawn, in Madison on Saturday. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office said it plans to refer criminal charges for Parker, 18, for his part in the disappearance. They did not specify what the charges were.

In the initial alert, investigators noted Cooley recently moved to Arpin, Wisconsin, from Utah and suggested she may be trying to get back to the state.

On Monday, investigators confirmed she and another 15-year-old Tevan Bisby, were traveling together and indicate the pair may still be in the Madison area. Bisby had also been reported missing in his home state of Utah; however, the update for Cooley did not indicate if Bisby had been located too.

The Wood Co. Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice- Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, Taylorsville City Police Department in Utah, Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department in New Jersey, Yonkers Police Department in New Jersey, the City of New York Police Department and Wood County Communication Center.

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