1. Mystery deepens in case of “sex trafficked” teen who was recently reunited with her family.
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The mystery behind a 17-year-old girl who was reunited with her family last week after they insisted she was ‘kidnapped by sex traffickers’ has deepened, with police casting doubt on the claims.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, police sources say Sarah Dunsey left the Las Vegas hotel she was staying at with friends with “a couple of other males”.
“She did not appear to be struggling. She didn’t seem unwilling at all,” Captain Curtis Hooley of the Logan Police Department said.
“Her mother told us that she was taken by sex traffickers. We found that not to be true.
“There is no evidence that any crime has occurred. Just because someone claims they were kidnapped, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s true. We did not find that she was [kidnapped], although it still could be true.”
Sources at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say they were not notified of Sarah’s disappearance for a full two weeks after she went missing. She was reported missing on January 16, but was due to return home from her trip on January 3.
Her parents have not discussed the teen’s whereabouts between January 3 and January 16.
On Valentine’s Day, Sarah’s mother launched an emotional video plea for the public to help find her missing daughter, who she says was “being held against her will” and was “a victim of sex trafficking”.
“Sarah Bearah, this message is for you. I want you to fight,” Amie Ellis said in the video.
“Because I need you. All of us need you. We’re coming to get you…”
Sarah was reunited with her family earlier this week, after she was found in Venice Beach, California in the company of two men. Her stepfather, Todd Ellis, says both men were arrested but one has since been released.