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Linda Smith, owner of an Owenton consignment shop, had not heard from her son, Kelly P. Herald III, 32, since July 1.
After a story about the missing man was published in the News-Herald two weeks ago, a customer offered to help, Smith said. “He got on the Internet and did some searching.”
The customer, who wished to remain anonymous, found Herald through a jail website.
“I was just so happy,” Smith said. “I was bouncing off the walls and I immediately started calling everyone I knew to tell them that he’s OK. I just felt so energized and I stayed up really late working. I feel like a different person.”
Herald, was arrested July 1, the day Smith last heard from him. He is incarcerated in a detention center in Vanderburgh County, Ind., on a check fraud charge, according to the detention center’s website.
“The people of Owen County have been so wonderful to me,” Smith said. “I just want to thank everyone for their kindness. People that care are what got me through this. I’m so grateful to my friend that found my son. He said he had children of his own and couldn’t imagine not knowing if one was OK or not. He could see how distraught I was.”
Smith’s shop, YOUniquely-U, will close at the end of September.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here in Owen County,” Smith said. “I just want to thank everyone for their comforting hugs, words and support.”