Missing 15-year-old girl found safe after Amber Alert issued, says she was abducted

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A missing 15-year-old girl was found safe Monday after an Amber Alert was activated for her disappearance, the Lakewood Police Department said.

The teen was found at a Wal-Mart at 440 Wadsworth Blvd. after last being seen about 7:30 a.m. four miles away in the 12100 block of West Dakota Drive.

She called police about 12:40 p.m., telling dispatchers she was at the Wal-Mart but did not know how she got there. She told detectives she had been abducted by a white or Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s who was dressed entirely in black.

Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis said detectives continued to interview the girl Monday afternoon.  Davis also said the girl had not undergone a medical examination but expected that was something that would be offered to her.

Police said the girl went outside to wait for her brother to pick her up for school at Lakewood High School between 7:15 a.m. 7:30 a.m. When she did not return after several minutes, the girl's mother found her daughter's backpack near the garage and called police.

Several agencies helped Lakewood police search the area and conduct door-to-door interviews looking for any tips to find the girl. Officers found a cellphone about 300 yards north of the girl's residence at Kent Knudson Park in the 12100 block of West Nevada Drive. Detectives began retrieving data in an attempt to find her.

Police brought in bloodhounds in the search for the girl, but the dogs lost the scent near the park where the cellphone was found.

Davis said that 90 minutes after they received the first call, there were approximately 200 law enforcement personnel from a number of agencies working to find her.

Editor's note: Now that the teen has been found, FOX31 Denver has decided to no longer publish her name or photo.

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