Calif. Girl, 16, Missing After Spending Day with Friends: 'It's Been a Living Hell,' Says Family

Calif. Girl, 16, Missing After Spending Day with Friends: 'It's Been a Living Hell,' Says Family

January 23, 2019

A California teenager’s family is pleading for her safe return after she vanished more than a week ago.

Aranda Briones, 16, of Moreno Valley was last seen on Jan. 13 at the Moreno Valley Community Park, according to local authorities. “Briones never returned home after spending the day with some friends. Over the past week, investigators have searched last known locations and spoke to several family and friends of Briones in an attempt to locate her,” the Moreno Valley Police Department said in a statement on Jan. 18.

Officials have been searching through surveillance video and have called in help from human trafficking investigators and the FBI.

The high school junior’s brother Daniel told local news outlets KCBS and KABC that his sister was dropped off at the park to be with one of her friends. According to Daniel, a friend said that during the outing, Aranda got into a grey sedan that does not match the description of any vehicles owned by her loved ones.

“I’m starting to think that was not her texting me because she was completely out of character,” her father Chapo wrote on Facebook Jan. 17. “Thank you for all your help and prayers help me find my baby girl!”

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Aranda’s grandfather and legal guardian, Carl Horskotte, also spoke to KABC, saying: ‘It’s been a living hell.”

Horskotte’s son Matthew, who is Aranda’s uncle, said one of her friends saw her location disappear on her Snapchat map.

“Her friend said that she was on Snapchat and saw that she was in the Rubidoux area and asked her, ‘What are you doing in Rubidoux?’ and the location went off,” he told KCBS.

Matthew also revealed his niece “did have a bad choice of friends,” telling KABC, “Everybody makes mistakes, but you know one thing I want? I just want her home safe.”

Aranda is 5 feet 4 inches and 110 lbs. with brown hair and hazel/green eyes. She was last believed to be wearing a white and blue jacket, a dark colored shirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information on Aranda’s possible whereabouts can contact Investigator David Drexler at the Moreno Valley Police Department by calling (951)486-6700 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after hours dispatch at (951)247-8700.

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