A woman and her son are facing criminal charges, accused of harboring a Vancouver runaway who was missing from her family for more than two weeks.
Vancouver police announced Tuesday they had located Isabella Castillo. Officers said she was not hurt.
"To see her today and to give her a hug, it was the best feeling. It was," said Cymany O'Brien, Castillo's aunt. "It was such a relief to see her and hug her and hear her voice."
O'Brien told FOX 12 that her 16-year-old niece, who's lived with her for the past 18 months, disappeared in late March after the two got into a disagreement involving Castillo's boyfriend. Family members expressed concern she had met up with someone involved in sex trafficking, but Vancouver police said there was no sign that was the case.
On Wednesday, police arrested Lori Kingrey, 50, and her 17-year-old son on the misdemeanor charge of harboring a runaway. Castillo had been staying at their Vancouver home on West 17th Street while family members searched for her, investigators said.
Kingrey and her son lied to investigators about not knowing where Castillo was, police said.
"I'm shocked. I mean, I've been seeing the posters everywhere, saw them at the farmers' market, saw them up at work. I mean… literally, it's been everywhere," said Danielle Brose, who lives next door to Kingrey. "So it's really bizarre to actually think that was going on behind our house."
Castillo bears some responsibility for the entire ordeal, O'Brien said. But O'Brien also believes Kingrey was at fault, as well.
O'Brien told FOX 12 that it will take some time to repair the emotional damage that was caused by what happened. She's just glad her niece is okay.
"Everything was just about getting her home," O'Brien said. "And getting her home safe."
Kingrey's bail was set at $325. She's scheduled to face a judge on Thursday. Kingrey's son was taken to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.
Police said Facebook played a key role in tracking Castillo down.
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