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Police: social media helped locate missing Citrus Heights girl

Citrus Heights police said an “at-risk” 12-year-old girl reported missing from her home Monday evening was safely located by police at a Sacramento address Tuesday, after detectives monitoring her social media postings determined a possible address she might have traveled to.

In a news release issued shortly after noon on Tuesday, Citrus Heights police said the missing girl, Julissa Magallon, had been located by Sacramento police around 9:40 a.m. at the address detectives determined. She was reportedly in good health and was “visiting a friend,” according to the news release.

Police had initially sent out a news release to enlist the public’s support in finding Magallon, after officers responded to a missing person call around 7:30 p.m. Monday, at a home on Navion Drive in Citrus Heights. Magallon had reportedly run away from her residence and had possibly been picked up by “an acquaintance” in a maroon four-door Honda sedan, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department investigation.

[Also on The Sentinel, “CHPD: missing ‘at-risk’ man found; social media credited”]

CHPD says it receives an average of 50 missing person calls each month and has credited social media with helping locate missing persons in the past. As previously reported on The Sentinel last month, an “at-risk” missing 57-year-old was successfully located in Citrus Heights after police said an alert resident recognized the man from a social media posting.
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