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Missing 13-year-old girl found in Sylmar

Karina Valencia, the 13-year-old San Fernando Valley girl who went missing over the weekend, was found Wednesday night.

August 18, 2010 12:50:26 AM PDT
Karina Valencia, the 13-year-old Sylmar girl who went missing over the weekend, has been found, according the LAPD.Police said they located the teen at about 7 p.m. in the area of Glenoaks Boulevard and Oro Grande in Sylmar.

Officers were searching the area and saw a female passenger resembling Valencia in the front seat of a vehicle. The girl reportedly looked at the officers and then quickly ducked down, trying to conceal herself.

The officers stopped the vehicle and determined that it was Valencia. She and the driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old male, were brought to Mission Station for questioning.

Police said Valencia appeared to be well and will be reunited with her family sometime Wednesday night.

It was unknown if the driver will face any charges.

Valencia disappeared around 6:30 p.m. Saturday from a friend's birthday party on the 13800 block of Polk Street in Sylmar.

Police said she may have met an unknown male on MySpace and left to meet up with him. They said there was no connection between Valencia's disappearance and a shooting that occurred around 9:30 p.m. outside the party, injuring six people, including two children.


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