Missing Aurora model found in LA
Raven Cassidy Furlong found unharmed
Last Updated: 249 days ago
LOS ANGELES - A missing 18-year-old Aurora woman who disappeared last February has been found unharmed in California, according police.
Raven Cassidy Furlong was found in Venice Friday night, MyFoxLA and other media reported Saturday. Police released her after determining she was there of her own free will.
Furlong's car was found in Venice Beach a month ago, but no sign of the missing woman could be found.
Venice police received a tip that she was sighted in Venice Beach, where officers found her "waiting in line with some friends, some other people for a TV shoot," said Sgt. Daniel Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division.
Furlong was spotted at tryouts for "American Ninja Warrior," according to Venice311.org. The reporter recognized Furlong and contacted police and her parents.
"I'm fine," she told a NBCLA photographer. "Everybody can leave me alone because I've been fine and I am fine."
Venice police say they notified Furlong’s parents in Colorado that she had been found safe, and that she told them she did not want to return to Colorado.
Furlong was taken to the police station to be interviewed by police. Once they ascertained she was in California of her own free will, they returned her to the area where she was picked up.
Furlong left her home on Feb. 5 with two friends, telling her family that she would return in two days, according to investigators. Some members of the family flew to Venice Beach when her car was found parked there in March but they were unable to locate her.
Her family believes she was coerced into saying she's OK.
"We know what Raven gave was a canned speech because other clients have received the same calls from their children once they were located. They've been coerced to believe their families are bad, this is common in human trafficking," Shelley Shaffer, Director of the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation told 7NEWS.
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