CLINTON — The Clinton Police Department announced Friday morning that missing teen Rebecca Arthur, has been located safe and sound in the town of Essaouira, Morocco.
Arthur was located early Friday morning, around 3 a.m. local time, by Moroccan police at a vacation villa in the seaside community. At that time Arthur was in the company of Simo El Adala and his family. After being located, Arthur was able to speak with her mother briefly via telephone. It has been confirmed by U.S. officials in Morocco that Arthur is safe and well.
Currently efforts are underway with U.S. officials in Morocco to facilitate Arthur’s safe return to the US.
Police began investigating a missing persons report involving Arthur, 17, on Thursday. Her parents believed she flew to Casablanca, Morocco to meet up with a man she met on Facebook, Simo El Adala.
Police say she was dropped off at JFK Airport on Monday, July 6 by her parents. She told her parents she was going to visit a friend in California, and they dropped her off at the airport assuming that was where she was going. When they didn’t hear from her, they called police.
It was confirmed she arrived in Morocco on Tuesday, July 7. Clinton Police asked the FBI, Homeland Security and the American consulate in Morocco to become involved with the case.
Her parents were unaware of her plans or the details of the Facebook relationship, but according to Arthur’s page, she and Adala have been dating since February.