UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): Phoebe Carreon, 15, has been found safe after authorities said she met up with a Texas man she communicated with online.
(KTLA) — A 15-year-old girl from Orange County who has cerebral palsy is missing after authorities said she met up with a Texas man she communicated with online.
Phoebe Carreon left Mission Viejo High School about noon Thursday in a ride-hail vehicle with 22-year-old Nathan Williams, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators discovered that Phoebe was communicating with Williams on the Discord messaging application before he traveled to California to meet the teen. No other details about their communication have been released.
She was found safe in a hotel Los Angeles and Williams was with her at the time, the Sheriff’s Department said without elaborating.
“Phoebe will be brought home and Williams will be booked into Orange County Jail,” the department said in an updated tweet.
During a news conference Friday afternoon, officials said Williams will be booked on suspicion of sex-related crimes.
The teen was being interviewed to determine what kind of interaction she had with the suspect during the time she was missing.
Officials thanked the FBI for their assistance in the case.