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Teen who disappeared from Central Coast found in Mexico; Two adults arrested

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Two people are in custody for taking a teenage girl from the Central Coast to Mexico.

Detectives say a man posed as a teenager online, and then urged the 15-year-old girl to run away with him to Mexico.

A teenage girl who disappeared early this month from the Central Coast has been found safe in Mexico. The 15-year-old girl is from Arizona, but was staying with relatives on the Central Coast this summer.

There are though, still a lot of questions about exactly what happened.

During the investigation, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives discovered during the last year, the teen had become friends with a man and a woman through social media. They say the 38-year-old man had been posing as a teenager, and had urged the girl to run away with him to Mexico.

Investigators think Daniel Navarro of Victorville picked up the girl in Nipomo, and along with an accomplice took her to Tijuana.

Federal Homeland Security agents and the FBI helped detectives, getting search warrants for social media and cellphone accounts. Navarro and 20-year-old Julie Le of Garden Grove were arrested Monday as they tried to enter the United States.

Mexican authorities rescued the teen from a Tijuana home Tuesday morning. She’s been reunited with her family.

There’s no word on what specific charges the couple will face.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.