ALPINE, Utah – An Alpine family is asking for the public’s help in locating their 16-year-old daughter whom may have been lured away by someone she may have met on Facebook.
Indica Huddleston was last seen at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at The Junction gas station in Alpine, Utah. Friends dropped her off at the station and she indicated she would walk home. They later found a note in her room indicating she was frustrated, and would be taken care of.
The Lone Peak Police Department, which covers Alpine and Highland, Utah, initially reported Indica Huddeston as a runaway, so an Amber Alert was not issued. However, according to statements made to the Deseret News, that status may change to “endangered.”
A search of the missing girl’s phone and Facebook records indicate she was in communication with several unknown individuals and may have been enticed to meet them. Many of these individuals are described as adult men between 18-27 years old, according to another Deseret News article.
Though unconfirmed, Indica Huddleston may have been spotted in Las Vegas. She may also be in the in regions of Seattle or Los Angeles.
If she has traveled to Las Vegas and/or Los Angeles, she will likely have passed through Southern Utah along the way.
Her father, Bryan Huddleston, said his daughter is not the type of person to not contact them regardless of the situation.
“If she was safe, she would have at least called us to let us know that she is safe,” he said. “But everything surrounding her has gone completely silent.”
No posts to Indica Huddleston’s normally active social media accounts have been made since she went missing.
“She lives by social media,” said Tessa White, a spokeswoman for the Huddleston family. White also described Indica Huddleston as a good kid and active in her church group.
Detectives are currently looking into the identities and whereabouts of the individuals believed to be with Indica Huddleston.
As details emerge about her last conversations online, the family is hopeful that the status of her case will change in the next few days, allowing for more state and federal support in locating her.
“It is a parent’s worst nightmare to open up a child’s Facebook communications and find individuals who’s intentions seemed to leave her so vulnerable to harm or exploitations.” Bryan Huddleston said. “We felt like we had Internet safeguards in place, but it obviously wasn’t enough”
White said the situation is very scary for the family and that they suspect fowl play may be involved at this point.
St. George News contacted the Lone Peak Police Department and has been told investigators are now working with the FBI on the case.
- Height: 5 feet 3 inches
- Eyes: Hazel
- Hair: Brown and long
- Skin: Olive
- Weight: 120 pounds
She has been listed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
A large social media campaign is underway to distribute information and collect leads, and a Facebook page has also been set up to help with the search.
Anyone with information about Indica Huddelstons ’s disappearance can call 800-843-5678 (800-THE-LOST) or the Lone Peak Police Department at 801-756-9800.
Original information provided by Tessa White.
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