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Police: Nancy Salas found 'alive and well'

Missing Glendale woman found in Merced

May 13, 2010|By Melanie Hicken and Jason Wells

Nancy Salas, a 22-year-old Glendale woman who went missing Wednesday after a morning jog, has been found "alive and well" by police officers in the city of Merced, Glendale police announced Thursday afternoon.

"Nancy Salas has been located.  She is alive and well.  She is in the custody of the Merced Police Department," Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday in front of the family's home on Eleanor Drive.

Lorenz said police did not know the circumstances in which she was found or got to Merced, which is about 270 miles north of Glendale.

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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.

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