Manhattan teen who went missing in February was found safe

Will County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit says Lana Roemer, 16, was located

Lana Roemer. Photos provided by courtesy of the Will County Sheriff's Office.

A 16-year-old missing Manhattan teen has been located and is safe, the Will County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit said Saturday.

Lana Roemer was reported missing Feb. 5 after she left her Manhattan home at an unknown time.

Her information was uploaded to the database for National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office followed up on “multiple anonymous crime tips, emails, and phone messages related to the missing 16-year-old,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office in February.

Police said detectives also conducted interviews with Roemer’s family and friends, and multiple enforcement agencies in Illinois and surrounding states were notified to provide assistance.

“To dispel any rumors, Lana Roemer ran away from her Manhattan residence. There is no indication that Roemer was kidnapped by a stranger and no indication that there is a risk to public safety,” sheriff’s investigators said in February.

Anyone with information should contact Will County Sheriff’s Detective Kimberly Topolewski at or leave an anonymous tip at