SEATTLE – A 16-year-old girl thought to have been abducted from her home in a small Washington town was found safe Wednesday, hours after an Amber alert was issued.
The Mason County sheriff’s office had issued the alert Wednesday morning after Vivian Gaspar-Guerrero’s parents said they found her missing from their home in Shelton, Wash. The girl’s room was in disarray, with the window open and the screen cut.
But by late afternoon, the girl was found in Olympia, Wash., which is about 25 miles southeast from Shelton, authorities said.
“At this point in time, I can tell you she’s safe and being interviewed by a detective,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Dean Byrd. “We know absolutely it was not an abduction.”
Few details were released. It wasn’t immediately clear how Gaspar-Guerrero arrived in Olympia.
Byrd said earlier that authorities had reasons to believe the missing teen had been abducted, sparking a wide search with deputies canvassing the neighborhood near the town of Shelton, about 45 miles southwest of Seattle. The FBI and the Washington State Patrol had also joined the search.
Authorities said Gaspar-Guerrero didn’t have a history of running away.