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Missing Camas teen found, human trafficking investigation underway

CAMAS, WA (KPTV) -

A missing 17-year-old girl who left behind ominous messages at her Camas home has been found.

Clark County deputies said Wednesday evening that 17-year-old Anji Dean was located safely at the Clackamas Town Center.

Detectives said they received around 150 phone calls, as well as numerous other tips through social media about this case.

Detectives contacted Dean at the mall, interviewed her and then reunited her with her family in Clark County.

Deputies said the investigation into her disappearance is continuing.

"This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking," according to a Clark County Sheriff's Office release.

Dean walked away from her home two weeks ago and her family said they had not heard from her since.

However, her family said she sent messages to her boyfriend saying, "I've been in something for a long time and I haven't told you," later adding, "They were going to kill you and my family."

Dean's mother said she also found a binder with three letters Dean left behind, addressed to the family.

"The first letter said, 'If you're reading this, I'm missing or dead,'" her mom said.

It was signed by the teen and read, "When or if you find me, I'll be all used up or dead."

No other details were released about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

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