A 19-year-old woman suspected of meeting a man over the internet and leaving her Palm Bay home has been found in New York City, authorities report.
The woman, Victoria Stites, was last seen Saturday at her home in the northwest section of the city. Palm Bay police had considered her missing and endangered.
“We were contacted by the New York City Police Department who made contact with her. She appears in good health,” said Lt. Mike Bandish of the Palm Bay Police Department. “Apparently, she may be with the man she met over the internet,” he added. Police said Stites was carrying a purple bag.
“An unknown person picked her,” Bandish said Sunday. An investigation is underway into the identity of the man who was communicating with her online. Police said that she was en route to Queens, New York before police located her.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the police department at 321-952-3456 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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