Manhattan Teen Missing For Month Returns Home

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan girl who has been missing for the past month is now safely home with her family.

Several police bulletins were issued over the past several weeks for Cleotilde Lucero Soto-Garcia, 15, a Manhattan High School student who vanished from her family's house in Northwest Manhattan on August 30, 2012.

Riley County police say Soto-Garcia returned home Tuesday (10/2) morning and detectives are interviewing her to find out the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and where she was. Family members called police around 9 AM Tuesday to tell them that she was fine and at home.

Police say Soto-Garcia's family recently moved to Kansas from the Houston, Texas area. They describe her as a "homebody" who was responsible for taking care of her siblings. They believe she was unhappy with something that happened at home and left. The fact that she is young and had been missing for several weeks led investigators to classify her as an "endangered runaway" as they searched for her.

An RCPD spokesman says there is no indication that Soto-Garcia was forced to leave her home. They believe she left on her own accord and returned on her own accord but they declined to say who she was with during the time she was gone. An initial press release from the Riley County Police Department stated that she could have been headed to Houston with a relative or some she calls her aunt.


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