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Search pays off as missing Lompoc teen is located

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The Lompoc teen who went missing from Vandenberg Village on Tuesday is now home safe, police say.

Detectives with the Lompoc Police Department were speaking with 16-year-old Krystal Jongsma Wednesday night, trying to figure out where she went after she was dropped off at school Tuesday morning.

"We weren't really expecting this quick of an outcome and this good of an outcome," said Lindsay Lindscog, a family friend.

Jongsma was found Wednesday evening in Vandenberg Village, not far from where searchers were looking for her at the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve next to Cabrillo High School. The teen was reported missing Tuesday after not showing up to class.

Search efforts began Tuesday evening but Jongsma was not located until Wednesday evening.

"I'm just so happy," said Lindscog. "And everyone came out here and volunteered."

Pamela Barnett did not even know Jongsma but came to help find her.

"I'm a mom, I have a little 9-year-old girl, and I could not imagine not having my daughter in my life. I couldn't imagine what that father was going through," said Barnett.

Lompoc police, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Jongsma's stepfather, and dozens of others scoured the reserve area, looking for any signs of her.

A drone pinpointed something in the water that led the search team down one path but the community's eyes and ears ultimately led to Jongsma being found. An alert citizen reportedly saw her walking.

"It was just a couple blocks from the school so the detectives went over to that area and located her," said Sgt. Kevin Martin of Lompoc PD.

"Obviously, with all the resources put into this, we want to get all the answers as to where she was at, who she was with, what was taking place, and that's what our detectives are doing," Sgt. Martin said.  

Lompoc police say the most important thing is that Jongsma was found and is okay.

Six search and rescue dogs and several sheriff search and rescue groups, including a helicopter, helped police with search efforts.

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