Rachel who is now 21-years-old has been found in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. The police stated that Rachel, “went to great lengths to intentionally conceal her whereabouts, even assuming a false identity and date of birth,” reports WNCN news. The FBI received information that she may be in Columbus back in 2014, and it now appears the information was likely true.
“Sheriff John Ingram, along with investigators from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, is delighted to announce that Rachel Natacha Owens has been located and is safe,” the release from sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.
Rachel Natacha Owens, was 15-years-old when she was last seen getting into a car at South Brunswick High in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina on May 5, 2011. Surveillance video shows the car was small and dark-colored with possible SC license plates. The Charlotte Division of the FBI is offering $5,000 reward for news tips to find a missing teen who has been missing for five years.
Tthe FBI offered a $5,000 reward for information that led to the recovery of Rachel and the indentification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.
Over the years, there must be some type of information getting to the police as they stated that she may be with a Hispanic man who is older and works in construction. Rachel had run away in the past and expressed interest in going to Mexico.
Sheriff John W. Ingram
Yesterday at 2:24pm ·
I, along with investigators from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, am delighted to announce that Rachel Natacha Owens has been located and is safe. Rachel was located at around noon today in Columbus, Ohio. Rachel was reported missing on May 5, 2011after being seen getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes.
I would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to Investigator Brett Peachey with the Westerville, OH Police Department, Investigator Brian Marvin with the Reynoldsburg, OH Police Department, Investigator Darren Smith with the Powell, OH Police Department and agents with the FBI Cincinnati Field Office. Each of these individuals are members of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force in Columbus. I would also like to especially thank agents with the FBI Charlotte Field Office, Wilmington RA, who were instrumental in helping to locate Rachel.
There is no foul play in Rachel’s disappearance and no charges will be pursued at this time. Investigative efforts revealed that Rachel left and remained away on her own will. Investigators have learned that she went to great lengths to intentionally conceal her whereabouts, even assuming a false identity and date of birth.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful to all of those who submitted tips and leads to detectives that ultimately led to finding Rachel.