WASHINGTON — A D.C. teenager who has been missing in a Tennessee national forest for nearly a week has been found safe and “healthy,” her family says.

Ava Zeichel, 16, had been missing since Nov. 11 when she became separated from a school group during a hike in the Cherokee National Forest.

Search teams, the FBI and local law enforcement have been combing the area looking for her.

“The search and rescue team found our girl today in the woods. She is healthy and her way to us right now,” Zeichel’s mother, Erin, posted on her Facebook page:

Ava can’t walk so they are carrying her out of the woods right now. She is healthy enough to bring her to us before she goes to the hospital. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and positive thoughts. If you want to show gratitude, please donate to the Johnson County, TN Fire Dept, the Shady Valley, TN police department. We will gather the lists of search and rescue teams responsible for finding Ava and share them with you all. You can’t imagine my joy.

She attends Woodrow Wilson High School.

This is a developing story.

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