14-Year-Old Lake Forest Girl Who Vanished on Her Way to School Found Safe
A 14-year-old girl who disappeared from Lake Forest on Tuesday was found safe Friday evening, her family told KTLA.
No other information about her disappearance was released.
Sephora “Sophie” Mangold was last seen Tuesday leaving home to walk to Serrano Intermediate School in Lake Forest, according to family members.
The eighth-grader never arrived at school and had no contact with friends nor engaged in any social media activity, authorities said.
Her phone had also been turned off and inactive since Tuesday morning.
Investigators believed the teenager had been in contact with a man named Michael, who also goes by “Zero.”
Michael was described as 19 years old, tall, slender, with bleached white hair, sideburns and a goatee, according to the girl’s friends.
He was believed to be from Huntington Beach and frequented the area around Murdy Park.
Friends and family distributed thousands of flyers throughout the city of Huntington Beach on Friday in hopes someone might recognize Mangold.
A Facebook page “Searching for Sophie” was created to help with the search.