Lower Alsace teen back home with family

Elizabeth Ocasio, 17, of Lower Alsace is back home with her family after being found in Virginia.

A 17-year-old Lower Alsace teen that disappeared from her Marshall Avenue home last Saturday is safely back home with her family.

Elizabeth Ocasio was found Thursday at a residence in Potomac Falls, Va., outside of Washington, D.C.

'With the assistance of Virginia State Police, she was found her in a residence in Virginia. They took custody of her, and she is safe and unharmed,' Central Berks Regional Police Chief Anthony C. Garipoli said in an interview Friday afternoon.

'Her parents left last night to go pick her up and they returned home with her at about 6 a.m. ,' Garipoli said.

Ocasio left her family's house May 26 with a backpack – telling her mother she was headed to her aunt's house – just a few houses away. She never arrived.

'We know she left of her own free will, and was never in any danger,' Garipoli said. He added that police believed she had left with someone she met online.

'We know she's been in Virginia since the day she left. Someone picked her up and took her. We are continuing our investigation on how she got there and who she was with,' he added.

A missing person's report was filed by Ocasio's parents. Friends launched a Facebook page – facebook.com/findlizocasio – to help with the search.

Several people reported seeing Ocasio in the Exeter Township area as recently as Memorial Day, but police now know that she was already in Virginia.

Garipoli said the outcome is a good one.

'I just talked with her parents about an hour ago, and her parents are ecstatic and happy she's home,' he added.

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