#parent | #kids | Missing Teen Found Hidden In Secret Trapdoor

14-year-old California girl was “intentionally” hiding in a secret room within a closet in a “friend’s” home. She was found unharmed.

Parents of a 14-year-old California teen are relieved to find their daughter safe and sound after living a real life nightmare for an entire week. She was found hidden in a closet, but that’s not all.

On October 22nd, the young teen was given permission by her parents to visit a friend’s house for a few days. All seemed to be normal until it was time for the young girl to come home. Due to the sensitive nature of this story, the girl’s name has been withheld, but her story is making national headlines. The details surrounding the case are shocking.

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When a family member arrived at the teen’s friend’s house to pick her up, the horror began –their child was missing. They were informed that he teen had already left long ago. They declared she had left on foot and was last seen walking down the driveway –the search began.

The parents exhausted all efforts and with each passing hour, their concerns grew exponentially. With their worst nightmares quickly becoming a horrible reality, it seemed their child had disappeared into thin air.

Of course, the police were soon involved and launched a missing persons case, pulling all the stops in an effort to find the missing girl. They questioned the owners of the home once again.

It wasn’t until a week later, on October 31st, that a warrant was issued to search the home where the young girl was last seen and from which she had reportedly gone missing. They soon found a closet with a trap door. There, behind some clothing was the girl hiding but not at all against her will.

The location she was found in was a precarious one. Deputies quickly found “a hidden trapdoor that led to a makeshift sleeping area on a dirt floor under the house. The girl’s bedding and phone were found in there,” as reported by Yahoo! News.

This quickly led to the arrests of 20-year-old, Isaiah Haggard; 41-year-old, Annie Pearl Abernathy; and 34-year-old, Jose Tinocopureco.

Yahoo! reported, “Haggard and Abernathy were charged with giving police false information, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and felony child endangerment, authorities said. They were being held on $100,000 bail. Tinocopureco was arrested on suspicion of giving police false information and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He’s since been released from police custody with a citation for misdemeanor charges.”

It remains unclear why the little girl decided to hide in the home, and why the other family agreed to assist or in any way be a part of this situation. The little girl was located safe and unharmed.

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Sources: Yahoo News, Daily Mail, New York Post

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