UPDATE: Missing Bay Area girl located, Madera police say

Kayla Espinoza
Kayla Espinoza Special to The Bee

UPDATE: The Madera Police Department reported on its Facebook page that a missing teen girl from Redwood City has been located.

“Thank you community members. We are pleased to announce that Kayla was escorted to the police department where she entered the process to return home to her family,” the post reads.

ORGINAL STORY: A missing 14-year-old girl, Kayla Espinoza of Redwood City, may be in Madera.

The Madera Police Department asked for the public’s help to find Kayla in a Facebook post Monday, writing that her “family believes Kayla may be staying with a boyfriend at an unknown location in Madera.”

Police said Kayla was last seen leaving her home at 3447 Michael Drive in Redwood City around 10 p.m. Oct. 5 wearing blue jeans, a blue sweatshirt, and carrying luggage. She is described as 5-foot 6-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about where she may be can contact the Redwood City Police Department at 650-780-7118, or Madera police at 559-675-4220 or via a direct Facebook private message to Madera police.

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