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A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a missing 14-year-old girl who was found safe in Arlington, Texas.

On Wednesday, Atlanta Public Schools confirmed that Caitlin Winchester was found safe in Arlington, Texas.

"Atlanta Public Schools Police Department (APSPD) can confirm that Caitlin Winchester, the North Atlanta High School student who went missing on August 5, has been found safe in Arlington, TX. The family has been notified and has requested privacy at this time. APSPD continues to work with the FBI on the next steps in the investigation. No additional details on this case are available. APSPD thanks the community for the outpouring of support during the investigation."

Caitlin went missing after her first day at North Atlanta High School on August 5.

Andre McNair was taken into custody and charged with harboring a runaway child, which is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas.

McNair is currently being held in a Texas jail on a $5,000 bond.

According to Crime Stoppers, Insight Global offered a $100,000 reward for information on her whereabouts. Insight Global employs Caitlin's father, Roger Winchester.

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Caitlin Winchester, the 14-year-old North Atlanta student who went missing on her first day at school, has been found safe.

Officials say Caitlin was found safe in Arlington, Texas. Her parents, Roger and Angela Winchester, reported her missing when she she did not return home after the first day of school at North Atlanta High on Aug. 5.

The school district said Caitlin never boarded her school bus.

Her parents and family friends initially dismissed reports that Caitlin was a runaway.

Caitlin's mother is a middle school theology teacher at Notre Dame Academy here in Duluth. Ga.

"Our child is a straight-A student, and she was so excited to start her French 3 class, Angela Winchester said on Friday.

The FBI assisted the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department (APSPD) in the search for Caitlin Winchester when it appeared that she crossed state lines.

"APSPD continues to work with the FBI on the next steps in the investigation. No additional details on this case are available," a statement from the district read. "No other details are available at this time and the family has requested privacy."

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, Crime Stoppers announced a $100,000 reward after the paperwork was completed by Roger Winchester's employer, Insight Global, where he works as a senior information security engineer.

The $100,000 reward was previously announced on Friday, Aug. 6. But CBS46 reporter Adam Murphy told a Facebook group that Crime Stoppers said Insight Global did not complete the paperwork to transfer the funds in time.

Confusion reigned on Facebook, where concerned citizens were told their help was not needed to circulate missing posters about Caitlin.

That led to speculation that the parents knew something about their daughter's disappearance.

The organizer of the Facebook page deleted the comments and wrote:

"THANK YOU, everyone! For your hope, prayers and shares and all of the ways you did or wanted to help find Caitlin. Please continue to pray for the family's healing as Caitlin comes home."

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Caitlin Winchester vanished on her first day as a 9th grader at North Atlanta High School in the upscale Paces neighborhood of Atlanta.

She was last seen walking along Northside Parkway near North Paran Road around 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

Caitlin's mother, Angela Winchester, said her daughter's cell phone was either turned off or is dead and they have no way of tracking her.

"I've been calling her number all through the night, all through the morning, and I even been able to reach her, and it just clicks. It doesn't even ring anymore," Angela Winchester told CBS46.

"With the phone... being off and dead and with the increasing rates of attacks and violence in the city recently, a mother's heart, a father's heart is wounded to even contemplate that possibility.

"So again, we're hopeful and we're prayerful and if anyone has any information on our sweet gurl please just help us bringer home."

Angela spoke with a bus driver who said many buses were running behind schedule that day. She said children were "hopping on the wrong bus" and pleading with bus drivers to take them home.

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Caitlin's father, Roger Winchester, said Caitlin told him she decided to ride the school bus home. She even texted him and told him she was on the bus stuck in traffic as late as 5:40 p.m.
 
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The school reviewed video on Caitlin's bus and did not see her on it.

Now police are considering the possibility that Caitlin may not have sent the text messages herself.

Caitlin was wearing a black long-sleeve top, a brown and red plaid Burberry skirt and a black face covering (see video below). Her brown hair was styled in long braids.

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She wore a Powerpuff Girls backpack similar to this one.

Family and friends circulated flyers with information about Caitlin in their Buckhead neighborhood.

Family members deny reports that Caitlin is a runaway or a problem child.

"Our child is a straight-A student, and she was so excited to start her French 3 class, Angela Winchester said on Friday.

There is a new Facebook group to help share information about Caitlin and how people can get involved in helping search for her.

Crime Stoppers is offering $100,000 for information leading to Caitlin's safe return. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to call 404-802-2000.

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A 14-year-old student is still missing more than 72 hours after she was last seen leaving her high school in Northwest Atlanta.

Caitlin Winchester vanished on her first day of class at North Atlanta High School in the upscale Paces neighborhood near Buckhead in Atlanta.

She was last seen walking east on Northside Parkway toward North Paran Road around 4 p.m. Thursday, police say.

Caitlin went missing a day after two women were found dead in Atlanta-area parks. Atlanta police and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insist a serial killer is not on the loose in Atlanta.
 
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Caitlin was wearing a black long-sleeve top, a brown and red plaid skirt and a black face covering (see video below). Her brown hair was styled in long braids. Her eyes are brown.

Caitlin's father, Roger Winchester, told police he last heard from her at 5:40 p.m. when she texted to say she was on the school bus.

The school reviewed video on Caitlin's bus and did not see her on it.

Family members deny reports that Caitlin is a runaway or a problem child.

A friend tweeted: "As we rapidly approach this Alert reaching 72-hours, as usual, doubt creeps in & accusations have now started to fly -- I want to confirm she's a Straight-A Student & Parents Are Solid."

Caitlin is the only child of Roger and Angela Winchester. She was raised in an upper-middle class neighborhood where household incomes exceed $100,000.

Caitlin's mother is a middle school theology teacher at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth. Ga.

"Our child is a straight-A student, and she was so excited to start her French 3 class, Angela Winchester said on Friday.

Roger Winchester is a senior information security engineer at Insight Global.

911 actress Aisha Hinds issued an urgent plea to help find the missing teenager.

Crime Stoppers is offering $100,000 for information leading to Caitlin's safe return. Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to call 404-802-2000.