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Durham Police Find Missing Girl

Posted June 28, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— A 14-year-old from Durham reported missing is back home with her mom.

Racheal Andrews disappeared from her home in east Durham Wednesday evening. Officers found her on Angier Avenue early Thursday evening.

Investigators thought an Internet predator may have lured the teen away from her home.

Police are not commenting about how Andrews was found. Racheal Ashley Andrews was last seen at her house on Fidelity Street at about 10:45 p.m.

Police say Racheal suffers from severe depression and has made suicide threats in the past.

She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white sweater and black pants.

Investigators say Racheal often uses the computer, and they are looking into the possibility that she may have met someone over the Internet. An SBI investigator has been called in to try and retrace her steps on the Internet.

"We're seeing an increase of complaints, ranging from stalking to inappropriate sexual behavior, all linked to the Internet," said Durham Police Sgt. Mike Montgomery. "They tell them everything they want to know. They tell them they love them, play fantasy games with them and lure them right to where they want."

Anyone with any information about Andrews is asked to call Durham Crimestoppers at(919) 683-1200.

Durham police say this is the third case this week involving teens and the Internet.

andMichelle Singer