Missing Modesto 13-year-old girl found ‘safe and sound’ in Bay Area

A 13-year-old Modesto girl who had been missing since Thursday has been found and was expected to be reunited with her parents Monday.

Modesto police Lt. Tom Ciccarelli said Avery Zagar was found Monday morning in the Bay Area. He said her parents were on their way there to pick her up. Avery was last seen near Big Valley Christian School. The campus is at 4040 Tully Road in north Modesto just south of Pelandale Avenue.

The police asked the public’s help in finding the teenager.

“Thank you to our community for your continued involved,” the Police Department posted on its Facebook page. “We are so very glad that Zagar will be reunited with her family on this Memorial Day.” The post also said Avery had been “located, safe and sound.”

Ciccarelli said Avery contacted a friend who then contacted law enforcement in the Bay Area.

Kevin Valine: 209-578-2316