Las autoridades informaron que la joven de 16 años desapareció el jueves por la noche después de que dejó su residencia en Roxbury Circle a principios de esta semana por “medios de viaje desconocidos.”
“Desirae has been located safe and sound and rejoining her family,” the police department tweeted Friday afternoon.
North Port PD Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told Fox News that Malava-Ortiz “contacted her family” on Thursday evening and “was reunited” with them on Friday afternoon.
The alert comes nearly a month after 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11 when she did not return to her North Port home with her fiance, Brian Laundrie. Her remains were later found in Wyoming. Lavandería, a fugitive, returned to North Port on Sept. 1 in Petito’s van without her after the two embarked on a cross-country road trip over the summer.
North Port police are still trying to track down Laundrie after he, también, was reported missing on Sept. 17, though his family last saw him on Sept. 13.