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UPDATE: Missing DeLand teen, 17-year-old boyfriend found safe in North Carolina, deputies say

Girl is considered possibly endangered due to note indicating self-harm

Karytza Pena and Oscar Ochoa. (Images: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
Karytza Pena and Oscar Ochoa. (Images: Volusia County Sheriff's Office) (2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – UPDATE: The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said a missing and possibly endangered DeLand teen and her 17-year-old boyfriend were found safe in Asheville, North Carolina, and reunited with their families.

PREVIOUS: Authorities are searching for a missing and possibly endangered DeLand teen and her 17-year-old boyfriend who were last seen early Thursday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said 16-year-old Karytza Penaand her boyfriend, 17-year-old Oscar Ochoa, were reported missing out of Lake County, where Oscar lives. The sheriff’s office said the girl is considered possibly endangered due to a note her family found in her room Thursday evening that indicated thoughts of self-harm.

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Sheriff’s officials said the two were last seen around 10 a.m. and believed to be traveling in a four-door Mazda 6 with the license plate QMEJ16 to Miami.

Two teens are believed to be traveling to Miami in a red, 4-door Mazda 6 with the tag QMEJ16, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. (2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Pena was last seen wearing a black shirt and pants. She is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds with shoulder-length, dark hair.

Anyone who sees the two is asked to call 911.


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