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Teenage girl, lured over the Internet, being returned to Kauai


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POSTED: Monday, March 09, 2009

A 16-year-old Kauai girl will be returned to her grandparents by Los Angeles welfare officials after she was reported missing on Sunday, Kauai County officials said today.

The juvenile reportedly had been in communication over the Internet with a man who purchased a ticket for her to fly to Oklahoma to meet him, according to Kauai police. Her grandparents reported her missing from her Hanamaulu home Sunday morning.

Kauai police investigated and learned that the juvenile was en route to Oklahoma with stops in Honolulu, Los Angeles and Denver.

A photo of the juvenile was sent electronically to Los Angeles  police, who detained the juvenile upon her arrival Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport.

She was turned over to California’s Child & Welfare Protective Services and is being held at a juvenile detention facility in Los Angeles.

Kauai police are continuing their investigation.