Missing Lake County teen found safe in Stockton

 

A 16-year-old girl from Lakeport who went missing last week was found safe in Stockton on Saturday, the Lakeport Police Department said in a press release. 

The girl, Lia Nicole Long, was reported missing to the Lakeport Police Department on Tuesday, April 10, and officers had reason to believe she had briefly been in Williams later that night.

According to reporting from Lake County News, an initial investigation revealed that Long checked in the Regency Inn Motel in Lakeport with Antonio Malik Walls, 21, of Richmond or Citrus Heights, California, whom she met online. Video surveillance depicted both at the front counter of the hotel on Tuesday. Before authorities and Long’s family learned this information, she and Walls were no longer at the motel.

It was then that Walls, who was driving a 2014 dark-colored, four-door Mercury sedan, was sought for the crime of Felony Child Concealment.

By 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Lakeport Police Department released new information saying they had contacted Walls and it was determined Long was not with him and he did not take her from Lakeport. The Lakeport Police Department said contact was made possible with the assistance of Bay Area law enforcement agencies and the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.

During the interview with Walls, the police department received additional leads indicating Long was taken to Williams by another person on Tuesday around 6 PM. 

By 7 PM, she had left the area in a “blue/silver colored vehicle, believed to be a BMW with a light-skinned white or Hispanic male and a black male adult. No other information was provided on the male subjects or the vehicle,” The Lakeport Police Department said in a Nixle alert on Wednesday morning.

On Saturday at 5:02 PM, the Lakeport Police Department said in another Nixle alert that Long had been located safe in Stockton, and that “family members (were) currently with her and (would) be in the process of bringing her back to her home in Lakeport.”■