BEAUFORT — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office has canceled the search for a missing Newport woman after she was located Thursday.

Lauren Diane Johnston was reported missing after failing to return to her residence on Oscar Hill Road in Newport, according to the sheriff’s office. She was last seen at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Though authorities initially believed her to be operating a borrowed vehicle, they said Thursday afternoon that vehicle had been located.

Ms. Johnston is a white 32-year-old female, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and may be in the areas of Bell Creek or Beaufort.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to notify CCSO at 252-728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at 252-726-1911.


Reporter's note: This article was last updated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2020, to reflect the missing person has been found.

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