(Update: Missing teen found unharmed, reunited with family)
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 16-year-old Bend girl reported missing by her family on Thursday, sparking a wide-ranging search and public plea for assistance, has been found and reunited with her family, police said early Sunday, adding, “She was unharmed and foul play is not suspected.”
Bend police officers were notified by a community member at 12:35 a.m. of Aracely Gonzalez-Arteaga’s possible whereabouts, Sergeant Cindy Ksenzulak said.
“Officers responded to the location and were able to locate Aracely,” she added.
“The Bend Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in locating Aracely,” Ksenzulak said.
Police had asked the public for assistance Friday, seeking any information about the teen, reported missing by her worried family after she failed to report for work Thursday morning.
Police were notified shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday that the teen was reported missing from the area of Murphy and Parrell roads in southeast Bend, Lieutenant Clint Burleigh said.
Officers learned she was supposed to be at work at 9:15 a.m. Thursday but did not show up, Burleigh said.
On Friday, police issued a news release with a recent picture of the girl.
“We are asking our community to notify us if you have any information regarding Aracely’s location or information that can help us reunited Aracely with her family,” Burleigh wrote.