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Fact Check-Arkansas woman missing for seven years did not appear in viral Tik Tok

A woman seen in a popular Tik Tok video is not missing Arkansas woman Cassie Compton, who disappeared from Stuttgart in September 2014 when she was 15 years old. Authorities from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) confirm the woman is not Compton.

Examples of social media posts saying the woman in the video is Compton can be seen  here  ,  here  , and  here  .

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Compton, visible  here has been missing since Sept. 14, 2014. Local coverage on Compton’s disappearance can be seen  here  .

In January 2021, a Tik Tok video surfaced that depicted a dark-haired young woman with bruised eyes in the backseat of a car. The woman who appeared in trouble so closely resembled Cassie Compton that authorities stepped in to investigate (here).

The Stuttgart Police Department announced on Jan. 15, 2021 in a Facebook post that “it was determined [through] the combined efforts of SPD, the FBI & ASP [Arkansas State Police] that the mystery girl believed to be Cassie Compton in a Tik-Tok video was not actually her.. The FBI were able to locate the girl, identify her and interview her. We appreciate everyone’s help and assistance.”

The Stuttgart Daily Leader published an update on Jan. 15 (bit.ly/3lfmoVI) and linked to an Instagram video in which a woman who identifies herself as “Haley Grace” says she is the person in the viral Tik Tok clip. A copy of the clip can be seen here .

Speaking to camera, Haley Grace reassures social media users that she is “fine” and explains the bruises around her eyes to be a result of her being “robbed this weekend”.

Haley Grace appears to be Haley Grace Phillips, who was also reported missing (here). Her features in the Tik Tok and Instagram videos match, as well as the injuries to her eyes.

FBI Public Affairs Officer Connor Hagan confirmed to Reuters via telephone that the woman appearing in the video is not related to the Cassie Compton case. Hagan said the Compton case is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Stuttgart Police Department by calling 870-673-1414 or contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678, he said.

VERDICT

False. The woman who appeared in a viral Tik Tok video is not missing Arkansas woman Cassie Compton.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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