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12-year-old runaway spotted in Vista

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VISTA (CNS) - A 12-year-old girl who ran away from her home near Los Angeles, with a 20-year-old man she met on the Internet, was spotted in Vista and then recovered safely Saturday on the road to the Coachella Valley, a police lieutenant said.

Stephanie Brie Rodriguez and the man, Ivan Felipe Cerda, were detained by Riverside County sheriff's deputies near Anza, said police Lt. Carlos Solorza in Whittier, 30 miles southeast of L.A.

The pair had visited Cerda's parents in Vista, Solorza said. They were found on the road leading from there to the Coachella Valley at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Circumstances of their discovery were not available at midday, and police detectives were en route from the southeastern L.A. County city of Whittier to Riverside County to meet the girl and question the man.

Rodriguez reportedly had met Cerda via a chat feature in the Sony Playstation Internet service. He was seen driving her away from her home in Whittier at about 2 p.m. Friday, Cpl. Jason Zuhlke of Whittier Police Department said.

The pair then drove in Cerda's 2003 Volkswagen Passat to his mother's home in Vista on Friday for a short time, Zuhlke said.

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