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Missing girl who walked into police station four years after disappearing wrote mother promise note before she left
Featured Image Credit: Navarro Family/Glendale Police

Missing girl who walked into police station four years after disappearing wrote mother promise note before she left

The case had kept police busy for several years

A missing girl's parents are still reeling about their teenage daughter who walked into a police station four years after her disappearance.

At the time of her disappearance, Alicia Navarro had left her mother an alarming note.

The note, which was discovered in September 2019, read 'I ran away. I will be back, I swear. I'm sorry. -Alicia.'

Between that day and their recent union, Jessica Nuñez hadn't seen her daughter.

Now 18, Navarro reported to a police station and identified herself in a small town in Montana, close to the Canadian border.

This is a long way from her hometown on Glendale, Arizona.

Alicia Navarro disappeared in September 2019.
Navarro Family

In a statement, Glendale Police Department said: "She is by all accounts safe, she is by all accounts healthy, and she is by all accounts happy."

Police Lieutenant Scott Waite said the disappearance started as a runaway, but the case is still under investigation. More details about how she got to Montana is unclear.

"Every indication she’s given to us so far is that she wilfully left her home," he said. "Now the dynamics surrounding that decision are obviously something we’re looking into."

In the days leading up to her disappearance, the girl asked her mother if she could stay home from school.

Thinking she was nervous about starting high school, the mother agreed.

After a day spent visiting a chocolate factory, Alicia asked what time her mum would be going to bed.

A few hours later, she vanished.

Jessica is convinced that her daughter's disappearance is linked to somebody she met whilst playing online games.

She told the Arizona Republic: "I’m more than 90% sure that my daughter met this person online.

"I didn't even think these types of people existed that would lure our youth. I know this world can be evil, but honestly, that didn't cross my mind at all.

"Knowing the way my daughter's personality is, I don't think that she would have fallen for that. This person probably took a while to be able to gain (her) trust."

Alicia Navarro walked into a police station in Montana.
Glendale Police

Thousands of leads were followed up by the police in the following months.

Last year, police were reportedly receiving one tip a week as people claimed to have seen the vulnerable girl in and out of the country.

However, there has yet to be any conclusions drawn about whether or not she was abducted.

Speaking about the girl's reunion with her mother, a spokesman for the Glendale Police said: "I can say, for everyone involved, including the detectives, it was extremely overwhelming.

"We are only [beginning] to put together the puzzle that is her disappearance and her returning. I would only ask for patience.

"We can only imagine what she's going through as well as her family. This is probably only the beginning of where this investigation will go."

Topics: Crime, US News, Parenting, Police