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Tuesday 07/12/2022 3:14 PM - Missing Juvenile Located

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Missing Juvenile Located
Date and Time of Incident: 7-10-22
Place of Occurrence: Tijuana, California
Victim Information: Female Juvenile,15, Arizona
Suspect Information: Daniel Navarro, 38, Victorville, CA Julie Le, 20 Garden Grove, CA
Details of News Release: On 7-1-22, the Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation into a report of a missing 15-year-old girl from Nipomo. The teenager is from Arizona and was visiting family members for the summer. She was last seen leaving a family member's home in Nipomo in the early morning hours of 7-1-22. During the course of the investigation, Sheriff's Detectives were able to determine the identity of a suspect and a female accomplice who had befriended the victim on a social media platform for the past year. The suspect is identified as 38-year-old Daniel Navarro of Victorville, CA who was posing as a teenager who had urged the juvenile to run away with him to Mexico. The female suspect is identified as 20-year-old Julie Le of Garden Grove, CA who is accused of driving Navarro and the 15-year-old victim from Nipomo to a location in Tijuana, Mexico. Homeland Security Agents who work in the Sheriff's Special Operations Unit assisted with the case in helping to locate the missing girl. Sheriff's Detectives also obtained multiple search warrants for cellphone and social media account information which aided the investigation. On 7-10-22, both Navarro and Le were arrested as they entered the United States from Mexico. On the morning of 7-11-22, Mexican authorities rescued the juvenile from a residence in Tijuana, Mexico. She has been safely reunited with her family members. The FBI assisted with the coordination of locating and recovering the missing juvenile. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also assisted with the investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice will be prosecuting the case in federal court.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Tuesday 07/12/2022 3:14 PM