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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.


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.