Missing SoCal Teenager Was Likely Abducted

Cops find Norma Lopez's belongings, signs of struggle
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 18, 2010 9:40 AM CDT
Missing SoCal Teenager Was Likely Abducted
Norma Lopez, who has been missing since July 15, 2010 after returning from a class.   ((AP Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department))

(Newser) – Deputies and detectives yesterday searched for a Southern California teen girl missing for a third day, and authorities said evidence points to an abduction. Personal items belonging to 17-year-old Norma Lopez and signs of a struggle were discovered by investigators in a field the girl often used as a shortcut home from summer school, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Deputies are looking for a driver and passengers in a newer model green sport utility vehicle seen in the area Thursday. "We do not believe she's a runaway. If we did believe that, we wouldn't be here today," the police spokesman said Friday. "If Norma's out there, we're looking for you. If you haven't been taken, please call. We're worried about you." (Read more Norma Lopez missing stories.)

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