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Cassie Compton: TikTok video likely does not feature missing Arkansas woman

Max Bryan
Times Record
Federal and local authorities are investigating a TikTok video showing a young woman many have said looks like Cassie Compton. Compton went missing from Stuttgart, Ark. on Sept. 14, 2014, and has not been seen since. [COURTESY MORGAN NICK FOUNDATION]

This story was updated with additional information about the person presumed to be in the widely-shared TikTok video.

Stuttgart police and the FBI were investigating a TikTok video posted Wednesday evening depicting a young woman several have claimed to be Cassie Compton.

Compton, who was 15 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen Sept. 14, 2014, leaving her home in Stuttgart to go to the store.

However, the video, which shows a young woman with dark hair and apparent bruises on her eyes in the backseat of a vehicle between two young men with the hashtag #minneapolis, does not, appear to be Compton.

A second video posted later Thursday features the same girl who identifies herself as Haley Grace, speaking directly to the camera assuring viewers that she is "fine." She said her black eyes were the result of being robbed. 

The Morgan Nick Foundation had been working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the National Child Protection Task Force to confirm the identity of the young woman in the video and assist in any of their efforts on the case.

"We're really grateful for those people that saw that video and called law enforcement. We're thankful that people are paying attention and noticing those things," said Genevie Strickland, assistant director of the Morgan Nick Foundation. "It's not always easy to tell when a child has been kidnapped or missing or if the person in that video was kidnapped or missing, but it's always easy to tell when someone is in trouble."

In a comment on a Thursday morning post about the video on the "Find Cassie Compton" page, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children officials said they have received "numerous calls" on their hotline. 

"Thank you for calling in tips. Please let law enforcement chase down any leads," the comment reads.

Stuttgart police said Thursday afternothe identity of the girl in the video had not yet been confirmed at federal, state or local levels. 

Compton's disappearance

Compton was last seen after 6 p.m. Sept. 14, 2014, after spending the day at a demolition derby with friends. She reportedly came home and told her mother she was going to pick up some things at the store before she left and was not seen again, according to an account from the Morgan Nick Foundation.

Compton was living with her mother's fiancee Brandon Rhodes at the time in Stuttgart, the account states. Her mother said she and her daughter "always kept in touch." 

Stuttgart police had previously listed Rhodes as a person of interest in the case. Prior to Thursday, Strickland said the case has not had any promising leads.

In September, Stuttgart police detective Shawn Watson said Compton's case "isn't going anywhere until she's brought home for closure."