DELTONA, Fla. - A 15-year-old girl from Deltona and her 11-month-old daughter were found safe in Maryland more than one week after they were reported missing, Volusia County deputies said Wednesday.
Deputies said Diana Rodriguez, 15, and her 11-month-old daughter were found safe and in good health. They said the Florida Department of Children and Families is working with Maryland authorities to bring them home and provide services to the family.
Deputies said they believe Diana ran away from home with her daughter because her cellphone was taken away.
"The family of Diana Rodriguez discovered her and her daughter Daniela missing from their home on Normandy Boulevard, Deltona, last Monday (Sept. 30), before school," a news release said.
Diana's brother, Amador Rodriguez Jr., said he went to knock on his sister's door Sept. 30 to wake her up for school but discovered that she and her baby were gone. He said he thinks she had help because the window had been boarded due to Hurricane Dorian and Diana did not have a car.
Investigators said they found a note in her room saying she found someone who loves her and her baby but that she knows the family will not accept their relationship.
Family members said the teen was communicating with friends but not with her family or investigators.
"She says she is all right, but she doesn't want to be found," her brother said.
Diana & Daniela have been located safe & sound in Maryland. FL Dept of Children and Families is working w/ authorities in MD to return them home and provide services to the family. Thanks for spreading the word, and to the Deltona Detectives Unit for their hard work on this case. https://t.co/jO3muOH7Wa— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) October 9, 2019
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