Missing Utah 14-year-old girl Areli Arroyo Osuna found in Texas

Areli Arroyo Osuna is believed to have been kidnapped

Graig Graziosi
Wednesday 23 March 2022 18:09
<p>David Lopez, 20, and Areli Arroyo Osuna, 14, speaking in Salt Lake County prior to Areli’s disappearance</p>

David Lopez, 20, and Areli Arroyo Osuna, 14, speaking in Salt Lake County prior to Areli’s disappearance

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A 14-year-old girl from Utah whose disappearance triggered an Amber Alert has been located.

Unified Police Department officials said Areli Arroyo Osuna, 14, was located in Texas after she was last seen entering a black Nissan Altima driven by David Lopez, 20, on Monday.

She was initially believed to be a runaway, but was later believed to have been in "serious danger." Areli was located just hours after the Amber Alert was issued, and is now in police custody. Law enforcement also arrested a suspect, though that person remains unnamed.

Areli was believed to have been traveling with Mr Lopez on their way to Texas and, potentially, Mexico.

The alert was issued just after 10.30am with claims she had been allegedly kidnapped by Mr Lopez.

The pair reportedly met on social media, according to investigators.

The alert labelled her disappearance as an "abduction."

"Child's Life in Danger!" the alert read, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Mr Lopez is reportedly not related to Areli. Investigators are not sure where Mr Lopez is from, but believe it may be Texas.

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