A 15-year-old Chicago girl who had gone missing was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six males on Facebook Live -- as dozens watched online --before she was found, the Associated Press reported.
About 40 people watched the livestream of the assault, but none of them reported the incident to police, according to AP.
A police spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the teen had been located one day after her family said she was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live, KTLA sister station WGN in Chicago reported. She was found sitting on a porch, crying, WGN reported.
"To have her home is ... a big weight lifted off," a family friend told the station.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the teen "was found by the 10th district officers. She is now at the Area with her mother and detectives are conducting interviews."
Family members and friends who reported the girl missing say they saw the 15-year-old on a video being sexually assaulted by several boys. The Lane Tech High School freshman left home to go to the store Sunday afternoon.
On Monday morning, the teen's mother's worry turned to fear for her daughter’s safety after her uncle called to tell her she was the subject of a Facebook Live video.
Facebook has since taken down the video, but the girl's mother showed WGN four screenshots that were too graphic to be broadcast or posted online. She also showed them to Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson as he was leaving a press conference at the 10th district.
It wasn't until the mother approached Johnson in person that police learned about the attack, AP reported.
The superintendent was disturbed by the fact that no one watching the livestream called police.
“What’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911,” Johnson told WGN. “That’s just not right and (we’re) working on it and try to bring it to a successful resolution.”
The incident remains under investigation, and detectives are working to track down the owner of the Facebook page and the others in the video.
Guglielmi said Tuesday afternoon that police were making progress identifying those in the video.
He told the AP that the girl is believed to know at least one of her attackers, but it's not clear how familiar they are with each other.
The sexual assault comes more than two months after four people were arrested on suspicion of torturing a man and livestreaming it, also in Chicago.