Missing Aurora teen found, parents worry she's sex trafficking victim
Updated On: Apr 07 2013 04:29:35 PM CDT
A missing 18-year-old from Aurora has been located in California, but still has not been reunited with her family.
Raven Cassidy Furlong was last seen by her parents on February 5th. Her family says that on April 5th, a woman in Venice, CA called police because she spotted Raven and was concerned about her.
According to Venice311.org, Raven was spotted at tryouts for reality show "American Ninja Warrior.
"I'm fine," she told a NBCLA photographer. "Everybody can leave me alone because I've been fine and I am fine."
Police took Raven in for questioning, but released her after she said she didn't want to go back to Colorado.
"Raven was released against the request of her concerned family and police removed her officially as a missing person according to the LAPD," Raven's family said in a statement. "The family still believes Raven may be a trafficked victim and are consulting with experts this week."
Her family says they believe Raven is in danger and is being trafficked throughout the California corridor of the 5-freeway.
Raven is one of three missing women from Colorado who have online modeling profiles.
Kara Nichols, 19, of Colorado Springs has been missing since Oct. 9. She told her roommates she was going to Denver for a modeling job and disappeared.
Kelsie Schelling, 22, of Denver, was last seen Feb. 4. She's believed to be in Pueblo where her boyfriend lives. Her abandoned car was discovered in Pueblo without any clues to her whereabouts.
Both Raven and Kara have online modeling profiles on the site Model Mayhem.
The owner of Model Mayhem, Internet Brands, said in an emailed statement that it cooperates with all law enforcement investigations involving people on the site.
"Model Mayhem strongly believes that safety should be top of mind when doing anything online. Because there are scams on the Internet, Model Mayhem tries to educate users about scams and how to avoid them. The site offers detailed safety advice to help members understand what to look for when they are contacted by others," said public relations manager Joe Ewaskiw.
Law enforcement has said they are considering the missing womens' modeling aspirations in their investigations, but have not linked the online profiles to any of the disappearances.
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