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Missing Glendale teen safe after being dropped off at police station

August 29, 2012|By Veronica Rocha and Jason Wells

A 15-year-old Glendale girl who went missing last week after bolting from her mother's idling car has been found safe.

Meleny Guerrero was dropped off Tuesday night at the Glendale police station by her father, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Her mother, Dominica, said Wednesday morning that she “hadn't got the full story” about her disappearance

Family and neighbors of Meleny posted fliers since she disappeared Aug. 21, and were particularly concerned because she likely was not carrying cash or her cell phone.

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The day of her disappearance, Meleny became upset, fled her mother’s car at the intersection of Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard, ran toward a nearby shopping center and didn’t return home, officials said.

The incident marked the fifth time she ran away from her mother’s care, officials said.

The incidents were not reported to police, and she has never indicated to family where she stayed, officials added.

Meleny remained in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Wednesday because she didn’t want return to her mother’s home, Lorenz said.

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