Teenagers do crazy things when they’re young and end up worrying the adults around them half to death. Reggie Miller’s 16-year old niece Nikki Miller went missing for a complete 17 hours, sending Reggie into a panic on social media. The former NBA star has millions of “friends” and “fans” online, so he put them all to work to find his niece. Almost immediately, Miller put out a public alert on Twitter after Nikki went missing, and everyone got involved to try to find the beautiful young girl.
But it turns out that it was a false alarm, since Reggie called over the search shortly after midnight.
“Happy to let everyone know that my niece, Nikki Miller is home. Thank you to everyone who sent prayers n thoughts, they were answered,” Miller tweeted.
“Everything that we discovered leads us to believe that this was not some kind of sinister act. It does not appear to be an abduction or a kidnapping,” Orange County Lt. John Roche told the Daily News. “We’re treating it as a runaway, a voluntary-type runaway at this time.”
Maybe now she has to answer some questions out of respect for all of those people who were out looking for her. So far, Reggie and his family haven’t offered an explanation, but maybe they don’t owe one to anybody. But the next time the girl goes missing, it’s going to be a little more difficult to get people to pay attention. We’re just glad that she’s OK.
A search of the teen’s bedroom uncovered nothing out of the ordinary and there were no signs of a break-in or a struggle, he added. He couldn’t say whether there was anything specific missing from her room that would suggest she had planned an escape.
The teen had last seen around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Her description and photo were released in a flier by her family and neighbors, said Roche.