RIVERTON, Utah — A 14-year-old girl and her younger sister were found safe within about 30 minutes of an AMBER Alert being sent out Sunday evening.
Riverton Police issued the alert around 7:30 p.m., saying the teen took her guardian's car and drove off with her 7-year-old sister inside. They had last been seen around 4 p.m. Sunday.
It was initially believed that the teen may have been driving to Idaho, where her biological father lives.
The alert was called off shortly after 8 p.m., and Riverton Police told FOX 13 News that both girls were found safe in Salt Lake City. The "suspect" reportedly saw the alert while at Liberty Park, approached a nearby police officer and turned herself in.
Officials said she will be booked into a juvenile detention facility on charges of kidnapping and vehicle theft.
Utah's criteria for an AMBER Alert: (via alert.utah.gov)
- Law enforcement believes a child or children have been abducted
- Law enforcement believes the victim(s) face imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death
- The child or children are 17 years old or younger
- There is information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the victim or apprehension of a suspect