• Clark Atlanta student missing since Monday found safe

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    DECATUR, Ga. - UPDATE: Police say a missing Clark Atlanta student was found safe in Illinois.

    Alexis Jones-Rhodes disappeared Monday on her way to the university’s graduation ceremony.

    Police say there was no foul play involved in her disappearance. 

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    The family of a Clark Atlanta student missing since Monday is making a public plea for her safe return.
     
     Family friends put up fliers Wednesday night with Alexis Jones-Rhodes' picture after they say she never showed up at graduation Monday and they haven't heard from her since. 
     
    “I have no idea where my daughter is,” said her mother, Nicole Johnson.
     
    Johnson spoke with Viteri briefly outside her DeKalb County home Wednesday and made a plea for her 22-year-old daughter, who goes by AJ, to return home safely.
     
    “It's taken a lot just to stand up here, so I just want to say AJ please, please, please come home,” Johnson said.
     
    Jones-Rhodes left her family's home early Monday morning with her cap and gown and was supposed to be heading to her graduation from Clark Atlanta University.
     
    Her family became worried when she never walked across the stage and learned she didn't check in.
     
    When Viteri asked, a university representative told Viteri that Jones-Rhodes' name was not on the official list for commencement and they have no record of her paying fees for a cap and gown.
     
    “I'm hoping that if someone knows where she is, that they make her aware her parents just want to see her home safely,” Johnson said.
     
    Wednesday night, family friend Kurtis Toliver was posting fliers with her picture near campus. 

    Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri spoke with Jones-Rhodes and her mother a few years ago after someone robbed her at gunpoint while she walked on campus. 
     
    Her family remembers that experience and says now they just want to know she's safe.
     
    “If it's in her power, Alexis if you can do it, just please come home,” Johnson said.  
     
    DeKalb County police are investigating the disappearance.
     
    Family members say Alexis was driving a black Hyundai Sonata with Georgia tag BPC 6177.

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