WEDNESDAY 8/10/22 8:40 p.m.
LAYTON, Utah (ABC4) – A missing 16-year-old girl has now been safely found on Tuesday night after fleeing a Layton treatment facility on Aug. 4.
Layton Police say the girl was found after police received a tip from someone who spotted her in Salt Lake City. She is now safe and reunited with her family.
Officers are still investigating the case but say there is no indication of foul play at this time.
No further details have been released on this case.
ORIGINAL STORY: ‘She has been through so much’: Missing teen girl from Layton facility is human trafficking survivor
TUESDAY 8/9/22 8:41 a.m.
LAYTON, Utah (ABC4) – More information is being released on a missing teen girl who ran away from a Layton treatment facility on August 4.
Layton Police say the 16-year-old girl was last seen near the area of 2000 W. Gordon Avenue. She doesn’t know anyone in the area and her family remains concerned for her safety.
Authorities have released more information about the teen’s situation, saying she is a victim and survivor of human trafficking.
On April 8, 2022, she was attending a Dallas Mavericks basketball game when she was lured by an “unknown individual and ultimately trafficked to Oklahoma City, OK where she was forced into prostitution and repeatedly sold for sex,” according to an official statement.
Oklahoma City Police were able to locate and rescue her on April 18, 2022. She was transferred to a residential treatment center in Layton where officials say she “suffered a triggering event related to recent trauma and fled the facility.”
The teen’s family and local authorities are pleading for the public’s help in locating the missing teen.
“I’m worried about her,” says the teen’s mother. “She has been through so much. I just want her to be found safely. I love her with all my heart and will not give up looking for her until she is found.”
The teen’s father added, “I’m asking for people to help us look for her. Be aware of your surroundings, look around and see if you notice her, even the smallest clue or piece of information may be helpful to the authorities.”
Her family’s attorney says, “Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for young victims who have suffered a serious traumatic event such as sex trafficking. The mental anguish she endured while being trafficked is something she will have to work through for the rest of her life.”
Anyone who may have seen the teen or has additional details on the case is asked to contact Layton Police at (801) 497-8300.