Stanislaus County sheriff’s investigators looking for missing teen girl

Janet Fernandez
Janet Fernandez

UPDATE: A Stanislaus County sheriff’s detective on Tuesday confirmed that a 17-year-old girl who was reported missing last week and had not been seen for a few days, has since returned to her home.

On Friday afternoon, sheriff’s investigators were searching for Janet Fernandez who was last seen on the evening of Aug. 7, when she left her home with an unknown person.

Investigators considered Fernandez to be at risk because of the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook post. They said she voluntarily left her home with the unknown person.

Detective Erich Layton on Tuesday said the girl had since returned home to her family.

Rosalio Ahumada writes news stories about criminal court cases in Stanislaus County for The Modesto Bee, issues related to immigration and immigrant communities and breaking news related to crime and public safety. From time to time, he covers the Modesto City Council meetings. He has worked as a news reporter in the Northern San Joaquin Valley since 2004.