The family of a California teen who vanished earlier this month after spending a night out with her friends is now pleading for her return, as per reports.
Friends of Aranda Briones, 16, said that she was last seen on Jan. 13 as she was dropped off at Moreno Valley Community Park on the particular day. But investigators have verified that surveillance video has not shown her near the area. Briones was a resident of Moreno Valley, California.
“They pulled footage, and they don’t know if the time was wrong, but it looks like nobody was dropped off between 6 and 6:30,” the teen’s brother, Daniel Briones, told the news reporters.
Daniel while interacting with the news channels also reported that a friend told the family that his sister was last seen getting into a grey sedan. The teen’s brother further said that they don’t know anyone who owns a car that matches the description.
Daniel shared that the incident was pretty much strange as his sister wouldn’t just go somewhere without telling him. If she was going somewhere then she might have said to me since we both are very close, he added.
Authorities told the media that Moreno Valley Police is searching the Moreno Valley Community Park area and anti-human trafficking team and the FBI is also looking for the girl.
Matthew Horstkotte, Briones’ uncle, told the media that his niece might have been around with some unsavory elements.
“She did have a bad choice of friends, I’ll be honest, you know everybody does,” Horstkotte told reporters. “Everybody makes mistakes, but you know one thing I want? I want her home safe.”
Horstkotte during the interaction also shared that he has not been able to carry out his work at the job since the teenager went missing and had urged anyone with information to come forward.
Police have also requested to contact the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-486-6700 if anybody finds Briones, 5-foot-4 with brown hair and hazel/green eyes.