Back in May of 2011, North Carolina’s Rachel Natacha Owens, 15, was first reported missing. The teenager was last seen getting off the school bus at South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes and then POOF, nothing, she was gone.
Now, five years later, she has been found, living under a false identity in Columbus, Ohio.
The 21-year-old has since talked to authorities about her disappearance. She admitted she “left and remained away on her own will” and went to “great lengths to intentionally conceal her whereabouts.”
But why? Were things bad at home? Was there something else she needed to escape? Find out more about this mystery in the video below!
To get as far away from her North Carolina life as possible, the young woman also assumed a false identity and picked a new birthday.
After she got off the school bus back in May 2011, she was briefly seen entering a parked car, which sped away. No sign of the teen was ever found again – except last Friday.
Before she was reported missing, Owens had attempted to run away before – but she was always back before long.
The missing teen report was taken seriously. The FBI and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office worked to validate leads they had both in the U.S. and Mexico. But as recently as 2014, the FBI had information that she could be in Ohio, a spokesperson for the FBI Charlotte Field Office said.