A 16-year-old Shelton girl who was thought to have been abducted, prompting an Amber Alert, has been found safe, said Mason County sheriff's officials. She admitted to authorities she wasn't abducted and may have helped it look like a crime scene.
Officials said Viviana Gaspar-Guerrero had left her house on her own and was found at a friend's house north of Shelton Wednesday afternoon. Police said they don't believe the friend played any part in her runaway attempt.
"At this point, we're not sure she made it look like a crime," said Chief Dep. Dean Byrd, Mason County Sheriff's Office. "If she admits to that, she would be eligible for criminal charging, but at this point in time, we're still investigating."
Police and the FBI had been working to locate Gaspar-Guerrero, a soon-to-be junior at Shelton High School, who was last seen by her parents Tuesday night. Gaspar-Guerrero's parents reported her missing when they woke up Wednesday morning and found her empty room.
Police discovered the outside screen to her bedroom window was cut open and further signs that a struggle took place inside and outside the room. The teens cell phone was also left behind. Click here for photos of Viviana.
Extremely worried about their daughter, her parents said they had no reason to think Gaspar-Guerrero had ran away or ran off with someone. Her father tearfully pleaded publicly for help in the case.
"Everybody out there who knows Viviana, if she's out there, could they please let us know," said Salvador Gaspar. "I just want her home safely. We love her."
Police had staged themselves at the family's home on the 3200 block of West Martin Road, about nine miles west of Shelton. The FBI's CARD (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment) team was also called to assist in the investigation.
KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain, Drew Mikkelsen and Liza Javier contributed to this report.