Help sought locating missing teen, wanted subject
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public's assistance to locate a missing teenager and her boyfriend, who is a wanted subject.
Destiny Navarette, 16, of Orcutt, was reported missing by her family Sept. 19. She 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. There is also a current, criminal protective order prohibiting Perez from contacting Navarette.
The Sheriff's Office said Navarette was reported as a runaway earlier this year and was in the company of Perez. There is no information to suggest that Navarette is being held against her will but the officials hope to find her and reunite her with her family.
Perez may be associated with a blue 2001 Ford minivan registered to his father, with the California license plate number 6VUA712. There was a report he had planned to move to the Oregon area, although there is no information that indicates that the two are headed there.
It is believed the pair may be staying in hotels in the Santa Maria area and there are reports that they have been spotted recently in Guadalupe, officials said.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 934-6170. To leave an anonymous tip, call 681-4171 or visit http://www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.