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Anji Dean found safe!

Anji Dean has been found and returned home.
Anji Dean has been found and returned home.Photo courtesy of Help Find Anji Facebook Page

Missing Camas, Wash. teenager Anji Dean, who has been missing since June 23, was found safe on Wednesday afternoon. She was located around 4 pm at the Clackamas Town Center, a mall on the outskirts of Portland. Monday, Anji's mother, Lynda Jorgenson, spoke on Nancy Grace, of her daughter's disappearance and the possibility that the 17-year-old may be involved with human sex traffickers.

Media coverage exploded and a woman who lived in the area came forward, saying she had spent several days with Anji, who requested to be called Daisy, and that she had tried to help her. Anji had told her that she had gotten involved in a bad situation and she needed out. She also said that her people were probably looking for her, and they were making her do things she didn't want to do. She had mentioned such things to teachers and counselors in the weeks and months leading up to her disappearance, culminating on June 23, when she texted her boyfriend that "they" were threatening to kill him and her family so she had to leave.

The investigation into a possible human trafficking ring will continue, with police very interested in speaking to a 25-35 year old black man with a goatee, driving an older model blue Volvo. This man was seen dropping Anji off at her house the day she disappeared, just hours before she was last seen.

The most important thing is that this teenager is now safe, back at home with her parents. "I'm glad it's over," her mother said. "This can happen to anybody. There are a lot of people out there preying on young girls." That part, in and of itself, is disgusting. When did it become so unsafe to be a teenager? Good luck to this family.