Police in Washington state say they have found a teen who mysteriously disappeared after leaving a cryptic message in her journal.
According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, 17-year-old Angelic Tracy “Anji” Dean was located around 4 p.m., Wednesday, at the Clackamas Town Center mall in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Authorities said the teen might have been lured away from her home for the purposes of exploitation.
“This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking,” Sgt. Kevin Allais of the sheriff’s office told KGW.com.
Police in Washington state are searching for a teen who mysteriously disappeared after leaving a cryptic message in her journal.
Angelic Tracy “Anji” Dean, 17, of Camas, a city roughly 25 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon, wrote, “If you’re reading this, I’m either missing or dead” in her journal, and has not been seen since, according to KGW.com
Dean’s parents reportedly found her wallet, bank card and glasses in their house when she vanished on June 23. The journal entry, according to her parents, was not discovered until after she disappeared.
A cryptic text message was also reportedly sent to Dean’s boyfriend’s cellphone from her number on the day she disappeared. The message read, in part: “They were going to kill you and my family.”
Police have not said if there are any indications that Dean has been abducted, but family spokeswoman Michelle Bart told Camaspostrecord.com that the family believes Dean “has been trafficked, or is in a position of that nature.”
Dean’s mother, Lynda Jorgensen, told KGW on Monday her daughter had recently made bizarre statements to teachers and counselors that she was mixed up in something she could not get out of. Just exactly what that something was remains unclear.
“We have no idea where she is or who she’s with,” Jorgensen said.