Ataui Deng, New York City runway model who was missing for nearly two weeks has been found alive, police say.
Ataui-Deng Hopkins was found Monday at an area hospital, 12 days after she was last seen leaving the rooftop XVI Lounge on West 48th Street near Eighth Avenue on Aug. 6, according to the NYPD.
The 22-year-old models professionally under the name Ataui Deng.
She has walked the runways for designers like Proenza Schouler, Zach Posen, Malandrino and Lanvin, according to New York Magazine. Hopkins has also appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and Teen Vogue.
The Sudanese-born model has been modeling since she was 14 and lived in Texas before coming to New York City.
A spokeswoman at Trump Models, Hopkins’ agency since 2008, said before the 22-year-old was found that everyone was worried about the “much loved” model and had been making calls and trying to find her. Celebrities including Rihanna also tweeted her photo during the search.
Hopkins’ friend, celebrity chef Roble Ali, said she had disappeared before for a day or two before when she felt like she needed space. But he said he got worried about this most recent incident because she’d never been gone so long.
In an Instagram post after she was found, Ali thanked thanked police and friends for their efforts.
"She is safe and sound," he said. "I want to thank all of our friends and followers and especially the NYPD for their swift and dedicated response."
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