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Jan 1, 2010 12:03 PM

Santa Monica Police say missing British woman has been found

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Monica police say the 19-year-old British woman thought missing since Dec. 18 was never in danger and did not know she was being sought.

Police Sgt. Jay Trisler says officers received a tip Thursday and found Leona Dawn Perryman of Dorset, England, living on the streets in the Venice area near Santa Monica.

He says the 19-year-old had just phoned her mother and learned police were looking for her when she was found.

Perryman's 45-year-old boyfriend Paul Alfred Atkinson initially reported her missing.

He remains jailed on an unrelated weapons charge, but Trisler says he cooperated with police in their search for the woman.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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