BARTOW — A missing Bartow girl has been found and is safe. 

The Bartow Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had asked for help locating Lesley Perez, 16, after the autistic teen was dropped off at school about 7:45 a.m. Thursday but failed to check in at school or be picked up by caregivers. 

A tip from the public led to Perez' location, and the teen, who lives in a group home facility, was safely returned to her caregiver.