It was a rollercoaster week on the Central Coast, with some festivities returning to pre-pandemic levels, law enforcement recovering a missing person and stolen goods, and launch success at Vandenberg Space Force Base. We also marked the passing this week of two community leaders.
We begin with a thankful bouquet of blue roses to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office high-tech crime investigators and deputies for their handiwork returning a missing 15-year-old girl to her family this week.
According to the Sheriff’s office, the teen was taken across the Mexican border by a 38-year-old man and his 20-year-old accomplice. The Arizona girl, who was visiting family in Nipomo, was found in Tijuana after the man allegedly posed as a teenager in befriending her on social media over the course of a year. Mexican authorities helped retrieve the girl from Mexico, and the suspects were arrested with help from U.S. Border Patrol and FBI agents as they crossed back into the U.S.