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UPDATE: Missing teen found safe

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 26, 2018

UPDATE (2:00 p.m. 10/26/17) – Santa Barbara police say a teenager who was reported missing has been found safe and unharmed. She is now back with her family.

Police said Thursday that 14-year-old Leslie Gabriella Hurtado was missing.

Police don’t plan to release any other information on the case.

ORIGINAL STORY – Santa Barbara police are looking for a 14-year-old girl who left home and hasn’t returned.

Police say Leslie Gabriella Hurtado went to school the morning of Oct. 15 but didn’t come home until Oct. 19.

She then reportedly left again that same night or early the next morning and has not returned.

Police say she may be staying within the Westside neighborhood in Santa Barbara. She is considered “at-risk,” according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call SBPD Detective Michael Epstein at (805) 847-2427 or

Leslie Gabriella Hurtado, 14
Leslie Gabriella Hurtado, 14