NC teen missing since 2011 found alive in Ohio

A 15-year-old North Carolina girl who went missing in 2011 has been found alive in Columbus, Ohio, according to WGHP.

Rachel Natacha Owens was last seen getting into a car outside of her school on May 5, 2011. She was found on Friday, according to Star News Online.

“Sheriff John Ingram, along with investigators from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, is delighted to announce that Rachel Natacha Owens has been located and is safe,” a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said.

The release said Owens is now 21. She assumed a false identity and date of birth. Authorities say she left on her own.

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Video footage form May 5, 2011 shows Owens rode the bus to South Brunswick High in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. She got off the bus and was seen on surveillance video getting into a small, dark colored car with a possible SC license plate.

Owens has run away in the past and expressed interest in going to Mexico. She had not had any contact with family or friends since the day she left.

The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio in 2014 and go by Raquel or Rakel. 

“For all the agencies in Ohio to act as fast as they did and be in contact and cooperate with us, it was impressive on a case especially when some people assumed you are never going to find her because she is potentially deceased and you’re chasing a ghost,” said FBI Special Agent Rich Novelli. “Thankfully none of us gave up and I think we gave a great Christmas present to her family.”