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La Mesa woman reported missing by family found safe

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LA MESA (CNS) - A 19-year-old El Cajon woman who went missing under suspicious circumstances was found safe, a La Mesa police captain said Friday.

Sara Rafou was found in San Diego County Thursday night, said Capt. Ed Aceves.

Police determined Rafou decided to leave her family on her own and left evidence in her vehicle to make it look like foul play had been involved, he said.

She was last seen by co-workers leaving a Bank of America at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa Wednesday night.

Her unoccupied vehicle was found in a nearby parking lot, and surveillance camera footage never showed Rafou return to her vehicle, although co-workers at the bank saw her exit the front doors at the end of her shift.

Her family reported her missing early Thursday, sparking a countywide search.

Police did not provide details on why she wanted to leave her family or how she was found.

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