Missing Murrieta Girl Found After Morning Search

A 12-year-old Murrieta girl was found shortly after 11 a.m. today after disappearing from her bed overnight.

UPDATED, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The missing girl was declared a runaway by police. 

to read the update from police officials.

UPDATED, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

Foot prints were found leading from the girl's home this morning, according to dispatcher reports, and it appeared she climbed out and left.

Calls placed to the girl's family asking for details on the dissappearence were not immediately returned.


A missing Murrieta girl was found by police today after a frantic morning search.

The 12-year-old girl was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday by her parents, according to unconfirmed reports. Her parents called the police when they found her bed empty at 8 a.m.

The girl called home from a tailor's phone after 11 a.m. Two squad cars responded to the business, located off California Oaks Road and Jackson Avenue, and quickly found the girl.

Carl Betts, the girl's father, arrived minutes after the police. Betts held his daughter as she sobbed, "I just want to go home, daddy."

"We got her back, and that's the main thing for us," Betts said after buckling the girl into the back of his silver sedan.

Anna Jurado was working the cashier's counter at MSR Mexican Food when the girl came in asking to use a phone. She called a number but wasn't able to get through, Jurado said, and returned 15 minutes later to ask for some chips.

"She came in and I kind of figured there was something wrong," Jurado said. "She looked terrified."

Brian Rezaie, who runs Pompe Tailoring, the shop the girl called home from, said she was "shivering and shaking" when she asked to use the phone.

"She was crying, and it seemed like she had a problem," Rezaie said. "She was saying, 'I'm in the shopping center, I need a ride and someone has to come pick me up.'"

"She just seemed so hopeless," Rezaie said.

Kellee December 19, 2011 at 08:39 PM
So someone took her? Did she know who?
Mary December 19, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Very happy ending to this story! Frightening to think she may have been taken by force and an abductor is on the loose in our community; the article doesn't say whether she left voluntarily or not. Thankfully she is home.
Jack December 19, 2011 at 09:40 PM
I agree with Kellee, some type of explaination of how she ended up at a tailor's shop would have been appropriate. As a father of young children, I would appreciate knowing if this was just a child that was lost or an attempted abduction.
Anne December 19, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I agree too. If this is a case of her being taken from her home we have a right to know.
JoDee Bunn December 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM
What happened to her during the night? How did she end up missing? Certainly there must be more to this story. It would be helpful to us Murrieta Residents who live close to this location, to know whether there is a child abductor we need to be on the look out for in our neighborhood!!
Anne December 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM
What neighborhood was this?
justme December 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Looks like she was still in her pj's too by the 2nd picture. I sure hope they update this story and say if she just ran away or someone forced her to leave. How horrifying for the parents! I couldn't imagine getting up in the morning and going in to check on the munchkin like I do every morning and have her bed be empty!
JT December 19, 2011 at 11:19 PM
She left her house on her own will through her window. She was not abducted.
Daniel Lane December 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM
I'm very happy there was a happy ending to this. Amazing picture of the girl and her father. I think it will be hard for the family to sleep tonight.
Susie Lichty February 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
And now, yesterday, this same girl was found being held naked in her mom's BMW (while her mom worked as a teaching assistant at a Temecula Elementary School), and starving for food. Clearly her running away was a cry for help thjat went unheeded.
michaela February 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM
jessica February 20, 2012 at 06:14 AM
What the F!? You have got to be kidding me! I cannot believe the 2one stories where related!!! Come on police! Please figure out WHY kids tun away and not just be happy over a reunited!!!
Michael Pflughoft February 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Hopefully the media can help by putting this in the spotlight so an investigation can hopefully prevent the third article being an obituary.


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