Missing IB Teens Found in Hemet

Published Aug. 28, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch.

Arlene Castro and Daja Costales, Mar Vista High School freshman who went missing Saturday were located in Hemet, CA Wednesday, according to Lt. Duane Wisehart with the Hemet Police Department.

The two were found with information provided by one of the teens parents around 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 1000 block of South Sante Fe Drive where Castro’s boyfriend recently moved, Wisehart said.

Castro and Costales did not appear to have suffered any physical injuries or to be under duress. No charges will be filed or investigation sought, he said.

“Unfortunately it’s very common we get a runaway that runs to a boyfriend’s house,” Wisehart said. “Unless there’s other discovered crime at the location it’s more of a family matter than anything else.”

Detective Ramon Villa with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Imperial Beach substation said flyers and members of the community helped trace Castro and Costales to Hemet.

“It was a combination of the parents and the flyers. Some of the parents were actually getting information from the kids who know the teens and it was actually posted on a Mar Vista High School Facebook page,” he said. “So it was a combination of parents and Mar Vista High School kids.”

The sheriff’s department got involved with the search when Castro and Costales were reported missing Saturday and helped distribute flyers and speak to neighbors of the boyfriend’s family.

With the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, flyers were also distributed in Fresno and Hemet, Villa said.

Daja’s mother Davielle Costales told IB Patch Wednesday the two spend a lot of time together in and outside of school and Castro was at her home all week.

“They’re both my daughters,” she said.

Until they were found in Hemet, Costales said the two were last seen at her home in the 100 block of Elkwood Avenue around 2 a.m. Saturday.

She noticed they were missing when they failed to show up for a softball game at Mar Vista High School Saturday morning.

Since the two went missing, Costales said she suspected the girls left town with Castro’s boyfriend’s family who moved last weekend. She was not aware of the family’s new address but calls from people who saw flyers distributed near 13th Street and the beach helped point Costales and authorities to Hemet, Temecula or Fresno.

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