ALPINE — A 16-year-old Alpine girl has been missing for five days. Lone Peak Police are treating the case as a runaway but the teen’s family suspect foul play.
Indica Huddleston hasn’t been seen since Friday. She argued with her parents over not wanting to return to Lone Peak High School and ran away. Her parents say she’s also been chatting with older men on Facebook. Family members say she may have been lured and could be held against her will.
However, Lone Peak police say there’s no evidence that the teen actually met anyone as a result of online conversations.
“They (the parents) may be thinking the worst but we have no indication of any foul play,” said Det. Dave Ventrano with Lone Peak Police Department.
“The fact is it’s been five days,” said older sister Sierra Huddleston.
Family members said what’s unusual about this case is that a teenager obsessed with social media has neither logged into Facebook or called anyone.
“She would never do this, I know she would never do this,” said the teen’s mother Andrea Huddleston.
After leaving the house last Friday, friends dropped Indica Huddleston off near a gas station about a mile away. Before leaving the house, the girl left a note saying she would be “taken care of” which was another red flag, according to family members.
“Another 17-year-old wouldn’t say ‘I’ll take care of you’ so this must be someone who’s older that feels like they can take care of her,” said Andrea Huddleston.
Lone Peak Police are reviewing the teen’s online conversations and are trying to make contact with anyone who last spoke with her or saw her. Family members have also set up a Facebook page in hopes of finding Indica and are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Indica Huddleston is 5 feet and 3 inches tall and weighs 128 pounds. She has long dark hair and has hazel eyes.
The family has ties to Seattle, California and Utah and fears Indica may be in those states or traveling between them. Lone Peak Police say there’s no reason to believe she’s left Utah County. If you see her, please call 801-756-9800.