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Missing 14-year-old girl found in Massachusetts

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

By Emma Epperly The Spokesman-Review

A 14-year-old Spokane girl who had been missing since Saturday was located in Massachusetts late Wednesday evening, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Nashyala (Shayla) Turntine is in state custody, a department news release said without offering further details.

The girl was last seen at 4:15 p.m. Saturday in River Park Square as she was leaving the mall.

“She has not run away before, she is not known for being in trouble and is very good about checking in if plans change,” said a police department statement released earlier Wednesday.

Turntine’s mother, Christine Chavez, dropped her 14-year-old daughter off to see a movie with friends. The plan was for Turntine to walk over to the Spokane Civic Theatre, where her mother works, after the movie.

When Turntine didn’t show up and wasn’t replying to calls or texts, Chavez began to worry. She left work early and started looking for her daughter, she said earlier this week.

Chavez reviewed security footage at River Park Square and saw her daughter go into the bathroom and come out without her Shaw Middle School sweatshirt on, carrying a red and white reuseable shopping bag that she had not previously been carrying. Turntine then exited the shopping center.

Chavez usually tracks her daughter’s location via her phone, but Turntine left her phone in the mall.

“It’s just weird because she left with nothing,” Chavez said.

Turntine called her mother from a blocked number early Sunday morning, saying she was in California, but hung up after just a minute on the phone.

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