UPDATE (5:38 p.m., Aug. 12) — Police said they were contacted after the initial press release by a woman who said the images released were of her, and that she had never lived in or been to Bakersfield.
Officers determined a man had been communicating with someone who claimed to be the woman. This man believed he was in a romantic relationship with the woman, and thought she was missing and in danger. There was never any request for money or goods from the person pretending to be the woman.
Police said the man who reported the woman as missing will not be charged, and investigators are trying to find out whom he was was talking to.
UPDATE: The Bakersfield Police Department said that due to community assistance, the woman has been found safe and has been identified.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a woman they were told traveled to Guadalajara earlier this year and hasn’t been heard from since May.
A possible name for the woman is “Emily Alejandra Fernandez”, police said, and she is described as having graduated from Ridgeview High School. Police were told she made a trip to Guadalajara in February to visit family.
Police said they had not been able to confirm the identity of Fernandez, locate family members or confirm the other information they were provided. Fernandez is described as Hispanic, 19 years old, 5-foot-4, weighing 105 pounds, with brown hair and light grayish blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Dunn at 661-326-3876 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.