The California Highway Patrol says a 17-year-old girl found bound and gagged in a car was abducted by her father and sister in an attempt to take her to a drug rehabilitation center in Mexico.
CHP Officer Kevin Smale tells The San Diego Union-Tribune someone spotted the bound girl in the back seat of the car on southbound Interstate 5 Monday evening and called 911.
Officers stopped the car a short time later in Carlsbad.
Smale says in a statement that investigators determined the girl’s 67-year-old father and 21-year-old sister abducted her with the intent to take her to drug treatment. Smale also says the 17-year-old admitted to using methamphetamine for the past year.
The girl was taken into protective custody. Her family members could face charges.