South Bay

1 of 2 Teens Reported Missing From South Bay Reunited With Family

Chula-Vista police

Local authorities confirmed one of the two South Bay teenagers who went missing from the South Bay area on Monday was found in Chula Vista on Saturday.

The 15-year-old teen was last seen on Monday near the Home Depot on Eastlake Parkway, according to the Chula Vista Police Department. The teen's mother said her daughter jumped out of her car and took off.

Chula Vista Police said the 15-year-old was found walking along a roadway in eastern Chula Vista on Saturday around 2 p.m. -- A resident recognized her and notified police.

Police verified it was the same teen, finding her unharmed and without indications of foul play, police said. She has since been reunited with her family.

The teenager's friend from Bonita went missing on the same day, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed. There was no information about the second missing teen's whereabouts on Saturday.

The two teens were reported missing last Monday.

One of the teen's mother described her daughter as smart and popular but recently had become secretive, started vaping and hanging out with new people. She said her daughter bailed out of the vehicle Monday because she was upset that her mother took her phone.

"She got upset and she got out of the car and took off running, right here on Eastlake parkway and that's the last I know, and that's the last time I saw her," her mother previously said.

The teen's mom suspected her daughter may be a victim of human trafficking because some of Desser's friends said an older man was contacting the teen with messages that he was coming to California.

CVPD said they reported the disappearance to the county's Human Trafficking Task Force for investigation

Authorities urged anyone with information to contact their department at (619) 692-5151.

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