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Santa Barbara police looking for missing Carpinteria teen

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-07 20:32:01-04

UPDATE (9:49 p.m.) - Santa Barbara Police report that Castro has been safely located. Police and those close to Castro thanks the community for their assistance.

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The Santa Barbara Police Department is looking for an at-risk missing teen from Carpinteria.

Cristina Castro, 17, was last seen in the area of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital wearing tan-colored hospital scrubs.

Anyone who has seen Cristina or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Castro is described as approximately 5'8" and 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Her father says Cristina walked away from the hospital, where she was on a mental health hold, at about 4 a.m. She also reportedly takes medication.

He says she had been in Carpinteria at a youth home for just a few days before going missing.

Cristina's family plans to be in Santa Barbara on Friday to look for her and distribute flyers throughout the community.