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Police search door to door for missing teen

July 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police and volunteers went on a door-to-door search in Riverside County on Saturday for information on a missing teenager who may have been taken against her will.Volunteers also searched a dirt area on horseback Friday night looking for any sign of Norma Lopez.

The 17-year-old from Moreno Valley went to summer school Thursday morning at Valley View High School. Lopez was supposed to meet her sister and a friend at home but did not return.

Some of her belongings were found in a field Lopez often used as a shortcut to her home, authorities said.

Police said there were signs of a possible struggle.

Authorities said Lopez had no apparent problems at home and didn't think she had just run away.

"We do not believe she's a runaway. If we did believe that, we wouldn't be here today," Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja told reporters at a news conference Friday. "If Norma's out there, we're looking for you. If you haven't been taken, please call. We're worried about you."

They're also looking for a green, newer model sport utility vehicle that was seen speeding from the area.

Anyone with information is urged to call Moreno Valley Police at (877) 242-4345.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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