PALMDALE – Sheriff’s detectives on Friday were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the temporary disappearance of a Palmdale teen, who told family members she had been kidnapped and then walked into an east Palmdale store less than five hours later.
The incident began around 3 p.m. Thursday, when the 15-year-old went outside to take out the trash and did not return to her Palmdale home in the 1500 Block of Windsor Place.
Family members said the girl sent a text to her 8-year-old sister saying she had been kidnapped by a man and woman in a white pickup truck.
Family members contacted authorities, and several Palmdale Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home and searched the area.
Around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, the missing teen walked into the Ross store in east Palmdale, officials said. Authorities responded to the scene, and the girl was wrapped in a blanket and taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
The girl did not have life threatening injuries, and deputies were investigating to determine if a crime had occurred, according to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. The teen was being medically evaluated as part of the investigation, officials said Thursday night.
Friday morning, Sgt. Brian Hudson confirmed that the case was being handled by the Sheriff Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
“The matter is still under investigation, and that’s about all we’re releasing at this time,” Hudson said Friday.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-277-2400 or the Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.