Missing Shelton Teen Found Unharmed
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SEATTLE — A 16-year-old Washington girl thought to have been abducted has been found safe.
The Mason County sheriff’s office had issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday morning after Vivian Gaspar-Guerrero’s parents found her missing from their home in Shelton, Wash.. Vivian’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.
Chief Criminal Deputy Dean Byrd says authorities now know it was not abduction, and the girl is being interviewed by detectives.
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When the parents of a 16-year-old girl went to her bedroom Wednesday morning, they found the room in disarray, the window open and the screen cut – signs of a struggle that led the Mason County sheriff’s office to issue an Amber alert for Vivian Gaspar-Guerrero.
She was last seen at 9 p.m. the night before in her bedroom.
Authorities don’t believe she ran away or left voluntarily with someone.
“We believe that, more likely than not, this is a legitimate abduction,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Dean Byrd.
There are no suspects.
Deputies have canvassed and re-canvassed the neighborhood near the town of Shelton, about 45 miles southwest of Seattle. They have no leads, Byrd said.
By Wednesday afternoon, a Washington State Patrol trooper and FBI agent were also on the scene.
The federal agency is assisting the sheriff’s office, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich in Seattle confirmed.
The sheriff’s office also has asked for crime scene investigation help from the Washington State Patrol crime lab, Byrd said.
Gaspar-Guerrero is Hispanic, 5-foot-2 and weighs 128 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair just past her shoulders. She is believed to be wearing black shorts and a black blouse.
The family received a call Wednesday from an unidentified person who said the girl was found, but authorities believe that was a false report, Byrd said.
The parents didn’t know who it was from, and there was no such call to dispatchers.
“At this point, it’s unsubstantiated if not malicious,” Byrd said.