CAMAS, Wash. – A Camas teen missing for more than two weeks has been found safe, a family spokeswoman told KGW Wednesday.
Angelic (Anji) Dean was last seen on June 23rd.
She was found around 4 p.m., Wednesday. A couple hours later, her family posted this Facebook message: "We thank the media, the public and the thousands of people that helped us bring our daughter home."
Earlier on Wednesday, a Milwaukie woman told KGW she had spent several days with Anji and was trying to help her.
"She said she was in a bad situation and needed to get out," Jennifer told KGW. She wanted her last name kept anonymous.
Jennifer said the teen initially introduced herself as Anji but said she wanted to be called "Daisy." She added that Anji told her people were probably looking for her and she was being forced into things she didn't want to do.
The teen left before she could do anything to help her, Jennifer said.
Anji had left this chilling message in her journal before she vanished: “If you’re reading this, I’m either missing or dead.”
Authorities have not yet released details of her condition or how she was found. They have not said exactly where she was found, either. Only that it was in Clark County.
In the more than two weeks that she was missing, police asked for tips, her family posted hundreds of missing person flyers, and her mother helped spread the word nationally with a TV interview on CNN’s Nancy Grace show.
All those extra efforts helped. Detective Scott Krigis told KGW that the Clark County Sheriff's Office received more than 100 new tips, including some that they tracked on Wednesday.
Anji vanished without her prescription glasses, wallet or extra clothing. Authorities had expressed concerns that the 17-year-old could be a sex trafficking victim.
A neighbor reported seeing Anji get out of an older, blue Volvo that was filled with people on the day she went missing. The neighbor said a black man, about 25 to 35 years old, with a goatee, was driving the car when it pulled up to Anji's home, near 192nd Avenue in Camas.