Jessie Bender, a 13-year-old California girl, fled from her home to avoid an arranged marriage in Pakistan, but has been found by authorities unharmed.
Jessie’s mother reported her missing about a week ago, and provided detectives with false information, hindering their investigation.
“Bender family members misled detectives and withheld critical information and as a result delayed the investigation and recovery of their daughter Jessie Bender,” said Hesperia Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Roxanne Walker to the Daily Mail.
First, she told the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and Hesperia Police Department that Jessie ran away because she wanted to avoid a two-month trip to Pakistan with her.
Later, the mother said she believed her daughter was abducted by someone she met on Facebook. The police continued to investigate with the new information, and contacted the FBI, US Marshall’s Office, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their help.