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PARENTS OF MISSING SICANGU TEEN FEAR FOUL PLAY

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By Gregg Bear

ALPINE, Utah — The frightened parents of a missing 16-year-old Sicangu girl are desperately searching for their daughter, who mysteriously disappeared last week.

The family of Indica Huddleston, 16, have launched their own full scale investigation into their missing teen, who vanished without her ever-present cellphone or money.

After finding a cryptic note she left behind, her parents, Bryan and Andrea Huddleston, suspect she may have been seduced away by a man she met online.

So far, Alpine police are treating it as a runaway case and have not triggered an Amber Alert.

The parents said they had a minor argument with their daughter about school on Friday before she disappeared. They later found a note saying she had left home.

However, one line in the message made them fear about her safety, they said.

“The part that worries me is she says, ‘I'm fine; I'm being taken care of,’” Andrea Huddleston said. “That doesn't sound right to me. It sounds like someone is luring her away.”

Her parents said Indica had recently been spending more time online chatting with older men. They believe she could be in danger after searching her Internet activity log and reading conversations she had over the past few weeks with men they didn’t know.

“I didn't know she was talking to the kind of people she was talking to,” her mother said, holding back tears. “I should have done a better job of monitoring, but I didn't.”

Their daughter curiously leaving without spending money, clothes, or the cellphone she always had with her, sparked their suspicion.

Her father Bryan believes if she was okay she would have been in touch by now. She also hasn’t accessed her Facebook page or contacted friends, which was a daily ritual for her.

“I think she would have made contact by now if she was safe and well,” her father said. “I don't think she is safe and well.”

Lone Peak Police Department detectives today have finally initiated an investigation into the disappearance. Police have refused to tell reporters why an Amber Alert has not been issued.

Tired of waiting for police, Indica's parents and sister Sierra have reached out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and have started a social media campaign to get the word out.

Indica is described as 5-foot-3, 128 pounds, with long brown hair and hazel eyes.

“We have reason to believe that she left with someone older who she trusted that might have ill intent,” her mother wrote on Facebook. “It is not like her to run away, and it is even less like her to not be on social media (Facebook/Instagram) to at least let someone in her large network of friends and family know that she is okay.”

Indica and her mother are members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Editor's Note: Word has been received today (Aug. 24) that Indica Huddleston has been rescued and returned uninjured to her home. No other details were immediately available. Parents Bryan and Andrea endured a weeklong search for their daughter. Missing girl incidents do not always end happily. Fortunately, this one did.

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