Deputies: Teen found in Vegas after meeting boy on Snapchat who was really a woman

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 14-year-old Orlando girl who was reported missing was found in Las Vegas after she met a 20-year-old woman online, deputies said Friday morning during a news conference.

The girl was reported missing when she didn't show up at Union Park Middle School on Wednesday.

Sheriff Jerry Demings, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, announced Thursday night that the girl had been found.

Close friends at the school helped investigators zero in on the girl's whereabouts by telling deputies she met someone online.

It was later determined the teen met Alana Baker, 20, on Snapchat.

"She's communicating with the victim via the internet, via social media to meet up with her. So we're tracking those leads and following in that direction for her luring the victim," said Sgt. Brandon Ragan with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Baker flew from Las Vegas to Orlando to pick up the missing teen and flew back to Las Vegas.

Airline policies show that a minor can fly if they are with a ticketed adult.

Investigators also said the girl had threatened to harm herself, but that it might have been a ruse to distract the teen's mother.

Baker is in custody in Las Vegas. She faces charges of kidnapping, traveling to meet a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct and solicitation of a child for unlawful conduct.

The teen is in a hospital in Las Vegas undergoing a mental evaluation.

This is a developing story. Check back on wftv.com for updates.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a missing child alert for a 14-year-old Orlando girl. 
She was last seen Wednesday in the 10000th block of Willowemac Court in Orlando. 
She was also carrying a purple backpack. 
Orange County deputies said she never showed up to Union Park Middle School and they are concerned for her safety.