Distress signal popularized on TikTok

A teenage girl missing from North Carolina was rescued by police in Kentucky after she secretly used a distress signal popularized on TikTok. On Thursday, Laurel County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a concerned motorist, who had recognized the call for help.

he caller told deputies she had seen a female passenger in a silver Toyota car driving southbound through north London, flashing a fist with her thumb wrapped inside — a signal that represents “violence at home – I need help – domestic violence.”

The caller said the car was being driven by a man, and that the girl inside appeared to be in distress. The witness began following the Toyota and providing location updates to the officers.

As officers positioned themselves at a freeway exit to observe the vehicle, the caller informed them it was exiting there, so they intercepted and pulled it over. 

After investigating, they learned that the 16-year-old girl had been reported missing by her parents in Asheville, North Carolina, on Tuesday morning; an NCIC (National Crime Information Center) check confirmed that she was a reported missing juvenile.

She told Sheriff’s investigators that she had gotten with the male subject and traveled through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and into Ohio, where the accused had relatives. Article from @toofab 

Photo of the signal is in the image.