A 13-year-old girl who was reported missing earlier this week in Pico Rivera has been found in Montebello, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The teen had been missing since late Wednesday night after she left home without her cell phone following an argument with her mother, authorities said.
Around 2 p.m. Sunday, officers with the Montebello Police Department responded to the 500 block of North 4th Street. There, deputies spotted the teen as she exited a detached converted garage, an LASD news release stated. The teen was taken to the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station.
“A male Hispanic adult was taken into custody at the location without incident,” the release noted. “There were no other people inside the location. The suspect was arrested and booked on unrelated charges.”
Deputy Miguel Meza later elaborated that authorities don’t know of any relationship between the teen and the man, who was being questioned about her disappearance.
The teen’s family spoke at a news conference with sheriff’s deputies on Saturday, pleading for her safe return. She had been missing for three days without any mode of communication or way to support herself financially, family members said.
The Sheriff’s Department thanked the community for aiding in the search but offered no additional information.