Dozens of family and friends who had been searching for Salas since yesterday packed the home, and cheered and cried when they heard the news.
"This is a test of faith I believe," said her cousin Soraya Jimenez. "I love her I am so happy that she is alive and this will be her testimony."
Glendale Police are currently en route to Merced to pick up Salas and reunite her with her family, Lorenz said.
"The family is happy that she is alive and well and the family reunification will be important to everyone," Lorenz said.
Salas — a 2005 Glendale High School graduate — was reported missing Wednesday morning after she left for her run at about 6:30 a.m., police said. Her disappearance was treated as suspicious after police discovered she had left her keys, phone and car at her house.
The search was expanded today to include her cell phone records and personal computer. An overnight ground search of nearby canyons was called off at 1:30 a.m. after bloodhounds and a helicopter failed to pick up any sign of her, police said.
The search took a turn when police discovered that Salas had apparently convinced her parents she was graduating from UCLA this year. UCLA records show she has not been enrolled since Fall 2008.
Throughout the search, friends and family remained adamant that Salas had been attending UCLA as a part-time student.
"It’s my daughter I love her and she is coming home to me, and that’s the only thing that matters," her father Henry Salas said at the news of his daughter being safe.