Leah Kritzer, the 14-year-old Manhattan Beach girl who had been missing since Sunday, was found unharmed in San Diego Thursday evening, according to a police report.
The San Diego Police department responded to a call from a homeowner that Kritzer was at her residence. The minor, who had been listing her age as 19 on dating websites, had left the Manhattan Beach area on Sunday with a 24 year old man.
Leah Kritzer, a Manhattan Beach resident, has been missing since Sunday and police are pursuing every lead to find the 14-year-old girl.
Kritzer was last seen by her parents leaving their house to walk her dog. There has not been any sign of her on social media websites or reports of contact with friends, according to Manhattan Beach Police Sgt. Paul Ford. Kritzer previously ran away in January and was located at a local hotel, but police have categorized this as “a critical missing” case.
Ford said Kritzer is white, has blue eyes, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 125 pounds and has braces on the top and bottom of her teeth. She also has blond hair at collar length with orange tips.
Investigators have reason to believe that the person in the photograph with Kritzer, wearing sunglasses, may have information in this case. The subject is believed to have connections to the San Diego area, according to the MBPD. Kritzer was seen with this individual in the area of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Valley Drive on Sunday at approximately 6 p.m.
Ford said the MBPD is the only agency working on the case, but has notified others to be on the lookout. He said they have not contacted the FBI yet, which was rumored. The police are currently going through social media sites that she frequented to search for leads.
“We’re checking a few leads and looking online,” Ford said. “There is no evidence she has been abducted or evidence of foul play.”
Mike Matthews, Superintendent for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, sent a letter out to parents describing the situation. Matthews stated that he spoke with her mother and “she is asking that all of us be on the lookout for her.” He said “there is concern that she may have met a person online as her parents found her posing as an adult in chat rooms.”
Anyone who knows the individual depicted in the photo, is urged to call the MBPD. And anyone with information about the case is urged to call the MBPD at (310) 802-5140(310) 802-5140.