Missing girl could be headed to West Virginia


CHARLESTON, WV (STORY BY:WCHS)- Kanawha County Sheriff Deputies said a teenage that had been in custody of West Virginia Child Protective Services is missing.

Lachaela Putnick, 14-years-old, has been in CPS custody, but was temporarily placed with a foster family in Wyoming.


On August 7, she left the family while in Yellowstone National Park. She has not made contact with family or authorities since then.

Putnick has ties to North Charleston WV, Florida, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado.


Shay has brown hair, brown eyes, is 5’4″ tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.


Anyone with information on her whereabouts or how to contact her is urged to call their local law enforcement agency or the Kanawha County Sheriff Office’s non-emergency line 304-357-0169.

Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at