Missing teen who sent cryptic text messages found alive at mall

"This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking," police say.
By Matt Bradwell  |  July 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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CAMAS, Wash., July 10 (UPI) -- A Washington teen who left her loved ones cryptic messages before disappearing in late June was found alive Wednesday in an Oregon mall.

At roughly 4 p.m. Wednesday, Angelic "Anji" Dean was discovered at the Clackamas Town Center mall in Happy Valley, Oregon after disappearing on the evening of June 23.

Before being discovered, Dean left her family and boyfriend a series of ominous warnings, writing "If you're reading this, I'm either missing or dead," and texting her boyfriend, "They were going to kill you and my family."

For months Dean confided to counselors that she was involved in something she could not get out of, but was never specific and she never alluded to any specific threat. Police believe Dean's inescapable situation involved human trafficking and continue to investigate that as the primary motivation for her actions.

"This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking," Clark County Sheriff Sgt. Kevin Allais said in a press release. Allais went on to praise the media and social networking for bringing a swift end to the search for Dean.

"It is clear that the local and national news coverage as well as the wide spread sharing of this family's story via social media such as Facebook and Twitter was integral in leading us to her safe return."

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