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Local mother who vanished found safe

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local mother of four who went missing nearly a week ago has been found safe.

Christine Willis, 47, a business management student who lives with her son in City Heights, was reported missing after accepting a babysitting job from a man she met at the City Heights library.

Willis was supposed to have gone back to the man's house last Thursday for a second night.

A detective found a second phone number for the man who hired her, and when he called he was able to locate Willis.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.

CITY HEIGHTS (CBS 8) -  A local mom has been missing for the past five days, according to her family members, shortly after she was offered a babysitting job by a man she met at the City Heights library.

47-year-old Christine Wills was last seen leaving her son's home in City Heights last Thursday for her second night on the job, and never returned home.

"It's surreal," said Maria Teresa Morales, fiancee to one of Christine Wills' sons. "It doesn't feel like it's happening, but I guess it is. You don't really know how to cope with it."

"We expected her home Friday, and she never came home," Patrick Wills, Christine's 21-year-old son, told News 8.

Family members said on Wednesday, she had walked a couple blocks from her son's home, where she'd been staying, to the City Heights library.

"She was at the library and as she left she was approached by some guy," Patrick Wills said.

That stranger, according to Wills' family, had apparently asked her is she would be interested in watching his three kids overnight at his home on Auburn street, off Euclid Avenue.

Wills, who is also a business management student at UEI college in San Diego, had been looking for part-time work, her family said.

"That night, she went to go check it out and she ended up spending the night over there," Patrick Wills said. "And then in the morning, she came back to get her school stuff so she could go to school."

Wills' family said they don't know who the stranger who hired her is, or exactly where he lived.

They do know she left the following night, on Thursday, to babysit, and never returned.

"It's too weird to be approached by some strange guy and two days later, you're missing," Patrick added.

Christine Wills left her wallet, with of her credit cards and identification, behind, which family members say is extremely unusual.

"That's when we knew something was wrong," Morales said.

According to family members, Wills, described as five-foot-six and approximately 145 pounds, has not attended classes at UEI, nor has she answered her cell phone since Thursday evening.

Her family has also contacted their mom's cell phone carrier. They said since last Friday, no outgoing calls or text messages have been placed from her phone.

"We just hope she's okay," said family friend Azalea McGee. "We just want her to be okay."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the San Diego Police Department's missing persons unit at 619-531-2277.

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