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Missing, endangered West Jordan teen located

Posted at 7:19 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-26 17:17:06-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — A 13-year-old girl who was last seen May 21 has been located and returned to her family unharmed, West Jordan police report.

Police issued a call for help to the public after the 13-year-old hadn't been seen since she met up with an adult man over the weekend.

Surveillance video showed the teenager got into a light blue crossover SUV near 7600 S. Redwood Road with a man who she met over social media, according to the West Jordan Police Department. The man's identity is not known.

Although the teen appeared to leave with the man willingly, she was still considered missing and endangered.

In an update Thursday, West Jordan Police thanked the public for their help and encouraged parents to discuss with their children the dangers of chatting with strangers online.

“We encourage parents to continue the discussion with their children about the dangers of communicating with unknown persons online. Parents should continue to learn more about the dangers facing children by visiting child protection sites such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” said Officer Samuel Winkler with the West Jordan Police Department. “Information found on sites like this one are invaluable to ensure our children remain safe.”

A criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing, police report.