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MASON CITY | A Mason City teenager has been found after she was reported as missing for almost two months.

On Thursday at about 7:40 p.m. witnesses reported possibly seeing Tala Schaal, 15, enter an apartment building in the 300 block of First Street Southwest in Mason City.

Officers responded and were able to locate Schaal inside one of the apartments minutes later, according to the Mason City Police Department.

According to police, Schaal was last seen by her family in their home about 9:45 p.m. Oct. 9. She was reported missing the next day.

Police believed she was still in the Mason City/Clear Lake area and had been since she went missing.

“It is still believed that Schaal is in the North Iowa area and due to her young age is being harbored by others,” police said in a release Tuesday. 

Devyn Robert Belseth, 18, was charged with misdemeanor harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent or guardian.

According to court documents, Belseth allowed Schaal to stay at his apartment on the 300 block of 1st Street Southwest multiple times and did not inform the parents or law enforcement of her whereabouts.

He allegedly admitted to police that he was aware that Schall was a reported runaway.

Belseth was arrested and booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail Thursday evening. He was released on his own recognizance following his initial court appearance Friday.

Belseth is scheduled to appear Dec. 27 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

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