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Sheriff's Office requesting public's help to locate missing Orcutt teen

Teen thought to be with boyfriend wanted by police

ORCUTT, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help locating 16-year-old Destiny Navarette of Orcutt and a wanted man believed to be with her.

The teen was last seen on the morning of Sept. 18 at Righetti High School where she is a student.

Navarette is believed to be with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Miguel Perez De La Cruz, of Guadalupe, who has an active warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities also said there is a current, criminal protective order prohibiting Perez from contacting Navarette.

"There is no information to suggest that Navarette is being held against her will but the Sheriff’s Office hopes to find her and reunite her with her family," said the Sheriff's Office in a statement. Earlier in the year, Navarette was found alongside De La Cruz after she was reported as a runaway.

Perez may be associated with a blue 2001 Ford minivan, CA. lic #6VUA712 vehicle registered to his father.

Investigators say De La Cruz reportedly planned to move to Oregon but there is currently no information the Sheriff's Office has received indicating that's where he may be heading. They believe the two may be staying in hotels in the Santa Maria Valley.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division at 805-934-6170. To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171 or go to http://www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.


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