Teen found safe after 2-week disappearance
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver teen girl who family members feared had been caught up a sex trafficking ring was found safe and unharmed, police said Tuesday.
Isabella Castillo, 16, had been missing more than two weeks. Vancouver police on Tuesday afternoon issued a brief statement that she had been found and her family had been notified.
Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said there was no indication Isabella was involved in sex trafficking; she was staying with acquaintances in Vancouver the past two weeks.
Investigators did not offer details on where she was found or the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
Her family had said they thought Isabella was caught up in sex trafficking. Family members said one of Isabella's friends told them she saw Isabella with a girl who may be involved with the local sex-trafficking world.
Family members searched every day she was missing. They passed out about 3,500 fliers at truck stops and rest stops along the interstate.
Tuesday's police statement said: "The Vancouver Police Department wants to extend our appreciation to everyone who assisted with getting information about Isabella out through both traditional and social media."