Kaelynne Paez, 13, is missing from Heber, Calif. She was last seen on the morning of Sept. 9 near Heber Avenue in Imperial County.
UPDATE: Kaelynne has been reunited with her family and an investigation is under way into her weeklong disappearance, said Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.
An FBI investigation – which included “lots of interviews, background interviews and computer analysis,” Foxworth said – led agents Sunday to an LA residence where they discovered the 13-year-old girl.
“When you have someone that age that goes missing and based on reports we received and the previous investigation conducted by the sheriff’s department, it’s prudent for us to continue on with the investigation,” Foxworth said.
“Her family hasn’t had any contact with her, so there is a lot of concern with her well-being, where she may be who she may be with,” FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth told NBC 7 San Diego Wednesday night.
“There have been situations in the past, cases that have been investigated here in San Diego that the FBI’s been involved in where you have a teenager that meets someone, [they] go away with them and when they are ready to leave, they find out, I can’t leave,” said Foxworth.
Authorities believe she may have been targeted by an online predator, and she may be in San Diego and are asking the public to keep an eye out for her.
Investigators describe Paez as a Hispanic, 5-foot-5 female, weighing 150-pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts should immediately contact authorities.