PALM SPRINGS – A teen who went missing overnight and was found by Palm Springs police Thursday morning was sexually assaulted during that time period, police have announced.
The girlâ€™s family told police at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday that she had been missing for three hours after leaving the house and going for a run, Palm Springs Police Sgt. Harvey Reed said.
He said her disappearance was â€œout of character, and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance were not known at the time of the report.â€
Police, a California Highway Patrol aircraft crew and a bloodhound from a volunteer group searched for her, and she was found around 7:30 a.m. in Palm Springs.
â€œPalm Springs Police Detectives spoke with the juvenile and their investigation determined she was the victim of a sexual assault,â€ Reed said.
â€œInvestigators have determined that the victim was abducted prior to being sexually assaulted,â€ he added in a press release update.
He said the only suspect information police have is that the alleged attacker was a male driving a pickup with tinted windows.
Anyone with information about the assault was asked to call a police tip line at (760) 778-8411 or submit an anonymous tip to Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.