Indica Huddleston: Missing 16-year-old whose terrified parents feared had been lured away by older man she met on Facebook is found safe and well
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 16:56 EST, 26 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 EST, 26 August 2013
A 16-year-old Utah girl who had been missing for a week was located in the Salt Lake Valley on Friday evening, according to police.
The Lone Peak Police Department
announced that Indica Huddleston was found safe just before 6 p.m.
Huddleston had run away from home on Aug. 16, and an extensive search for the teen, which included the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was launched soon after her disappearance.
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Found: A week after she went missing, police have returned Indica Huddleston to her family
Andrea and Bryan Huddleston said the situation had taught them some valuable lessons about online safety
Parents Bryan and Andrea Huddleston said they were very grateful for law enforcement and all the work they did to bring their daughter home safe.
'I am so happy that I have her back, that we have her back, and so I think that joy is carrying me,' Andrea Huddleston told ksl.com.
The parents said they still don't know much about where their daughter had spent the last week because of an ongoing criminal investigation.
However they admit that the whole experience has taught them a few lessons about online safety.
Foul play: The teen, pictured left and right, left a note saying she was running away but her parents suspected foul play
'You can have all of the passwords
and of the security things set up and your child can still find a way
around them,' said Andrea Huddleston.
On the day she went missing, Indica and her parents had to a minor argument about school with their daughter on the day that she went missing.
Later they found a one line note saying 'I'm fine; I'm being taken care of,' which made them fear that she had been lured away by an older man she met online and is in danger.
They believed she could have been in danger after searching through her internet activity and reading conversations she had had with the man over the previous few weeks.
A full scale search for the teen, who had vanished without her cell phone or any money, was then launched.
Fight: Indica, right, had a small argument with her mom, Andrea Huddleston, left, and dad before disappearing
Friday, Huddleston noted her daughter had 1,550 Facebook friends, and
at least 1,000 of them could be considered persons of interest.
Many of the Indica's 'friends' were older men posing on the social media site as different people, she said.
The family launched its own social media campaign, including the 'FIND Indica Huddleston' Facebook, to help find her.
On the day before she was found, family and friends had met near Thanksgiving Point’s 'park and ride' lot to launch an effort to distribute flyers bearing the photograph and information about Huddleston.
Help: The family launched its own social media campaign, including the 'FIND Indica Huddleston' Facebook, to help find her
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