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Arizona teen Alicia Navarro suddenly walks into Montana police station almost 4 years after vanishing

Missing teen found safe after 4 years
Missing Arizona teen found safe after 4 years missing 00:48

Glendale, Ariz. — An Arizona teenager who disappeared without a trace nearly four years ago is safe after walking into a police station in Montana, authorities said Wednesday.

Alicia Navarro, 18, of Glendale, showed up alone this week in a small town about 40 miles from the Canadian border and identified herself, according to police in Glendale, a Phoenix suburb.

Police said they were "proud to announce that Alicia Navarro has been located!"

Police said in a statement, "Through our interviews, along with family members, we are confident that the now 18-year-old young lady is indeed Alicia Navarro."

Her disappearance sparked a massive search that included the FBI.

Glendale police spokesperson Jose Santiago said over the years, police had received thousands of tips.

Her mother, Jessica Nunez, had raised concerns that Navarro, who was diagnosed as high-functioning on the autism spectrum, may have been lured away by someone she met online.

The name of the town wasn't immediately disclosed but Montana is more than 1,000 miles from Arizona.

"She is by all accounts safe, she is by all accounts healthy, and she is by all accounts happy," Santiago said at a news conference.

Investigators were trying to determine what happened to Navarro after her disappearance at age 14 on Sept. 15, 2019.

"This case is far from being closed," police said in the statement. "We are continuing to investigate her whereabouts for the last four years and will do so alongside our federal partners."

Police said Navarro told them she hadn't been harmed.

Alicia Navarro
Alicia Navarro, seen here in undated photo, disappeared in 2019, days before her 15th birthday. Jessica Nunez (Alicia's mother)

Police said she wasn't being held and could come and go as she pleased. She doesn't face any criminal charges, they added.

"She is not in any kind of trouble," Santiago said.

When she disappeared from her home, Navarro left a signed note that read: "I ran away. I will be back, I swear. I'm sorry."

Lt. Scott Waite said Navarro had an "emotionally overwhelming" reunion with her mother and was "very apologetic (as) to what she has put her mother through."

Nunez confirmed that her daughter had been found but said she had no details.

"I want to give glory to God for answering prayers and for this miracle," she said in a video posted on Facebook.

"For everyone who has missing loved ones, I want you to use this case as an example," she said. "Miracles do exist. Never lose hope and always fight."

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