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Missing W. Jordan girl found safe in California

Published November 29, 2013 1:30 pm

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Police confirmed Friday that a West Jordan girl missing for a week has been found safe in Southern California and her adult male companion arrested.

Mia Garcia, 14, is believed to have run away from her Utah home on Nov. 23, having last been seen on a Joel P. Jensen Middle School security camera in the company of the 19-year-old man. The two left the campus in a dark-colored compact car, police said.

Investigation revealed that the suspect had family and friends in Fontana, Calif., but further details on exactly how, when and where in the San Bernardino County city she was located were not immediately available.

Garcia was in the custody of child welfare officials Friday while her Utah family made arrangements to bring her home, police said.

The suspect was booked into San Bernardino County Jail on suspicion of child kidnapping.

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