CAMAS, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Detectives said a Facebook post helped lead them to a missing 17-year-old girl on Wednesday.
Anji Dean was nowhere to be found after she walked out of her home in Camas on June 23 between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Detectives told KOIN 6 News that Dean was found alone at the Clackamas Town Center, and they believe this case is much more complicated than someone just running away.
Authorities said someone in Minnesota spotted an unusual post on the “Help Find Anji” Facebook page and contacted police moments after the post was published.
The post was from a man in the Portland area who was bragging about spending time with Dean, detectives confirmed.
Clark County detectives contacted the man who wrote the post and located Dean at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody – everybody who shared her page, everybody who was looking for her, everybody that sent in tips,” said Dean’s mother, Lynda Jorgensen.
Jorgensen said she is relieved to have her daughter back home.
“I was just ecstatic. The detective called me and said that ‘we’ve got her and she’s OK.’ I couldn’t even continue the conversation with him because I was just so excited,” said Jorgensen.
Detectives said human trafficking is a component in Dean’s case – a case police described as complicated and sensitive in nature.
“We believe there were other forces that led Anji to walk out the door that night and leave her brother playing games on their couch and her mom upstairs,” said family spokesperson Michelle Bart with the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation.
As of Wednesday, detectives said they could not comment on whether they were questioning any persons of interest in the sex trafficking part of Dean’s case.
However, authorities did confirm that no arrests have been made.