A teenager in the United States who went missing has been located after she used TikTok hand signals to suggest she was in danger.
The 16-year-old who was reported missing by her parents in North Carolina on Tuesday morning was found inside a car two days later in Kentucky.
Authorities say it was easier for them to locate the girl and arrest the 61-year-old suspected kidnapper after she alerted a passing driver using the gesture designed to help domestic abuse victims ask for help.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a driver noticed “a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platformTikTok to represent “I need help.”
According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the hand gesture is a one-handed symbol that can be used when someone is distressed.
The victim raises their hand, palm facing out, tucks their thumb inside their hand, and then closes their fingers on top of the thumb.
The concept was to create a non-verbal cue for domestic abuse victims to seek help.