North Carolina girl missing for 5 years found safe in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A missing North Carolina girl has been found safe in Columbus.

On May 5, 2011, Rachel Natacha Owens was reported missing from Brunswick County, North Carolina. She was last seen getting off her school bus at south Brunswick High School.

Around noon on Dec. 9, Owens was located in Columbus. Agencies involved in the search for Owens say there is no indication of foul play and no charges will be pursued. Investigators said Owens left home on her own and went to great lengths to keep her whereabouts concealed. Officers say Owens even assumed a false identity and date of birth.

Officers with the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force in Columbus helped locate Owens, including Brett Peachy of the Westerville Police Department, Brian Marvin of the Reynoldsburg Police Department, Darren Smith of Powell Police Department and agents of the FBI Cincinnati Field Office.  Agents from the FBI field office in Charlotte, North Carolina were also instrumental in locating Owens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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