Brunswick County teen missing 5 years found in Ohio

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Rachel Owens

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A teen who was last seen in May of 2011 has been found safe in Columbus, Ohio.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram announced the news today.

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Rachel Natacha Owens was reported missing on May 5, 2011, after being seen getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Sheriff Ingram says there is no foul play in Rachel’s disappearance and no charges will be pursued at this time.

The investigation shows Rachel left and remained away on her own will. Investigators have learned that she went to great lengths to intentionally conceal her whereabouts, even assuming a false identity and date of birth.



Rachel Owens is now 21 years old.

Sheriff Ingram and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office say they are grateful to all of those who submitted tips and leads to detectives that ultimately led to finding Rachel.