Authorities fear missing Camas girl may be trafficking victim

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by Wayne Havrelly

NWCN.com

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM

CAMAS, Wash. -- Anji Dean's family can't believe no one has seen or heard from her since her disappearance on June 23rd. 

"We've put her picture all over the internet..we've put out thousands of fliers, but have heard nothing," said Anji's mother, Lynda Jorgensen. 

The 17-year-old left her home near 192nd in Camas between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on June 23. 

A neighbor reports spotting Anji getting out of a stranger's car filled with people just hours before she left. The car was described as an older model Volvo. The driver was a black man with a goatee between the ages of 25-35. 

"It scares the bejesus out of me because she didn't just run off on her own," said  Jorgensen. 

The  President of the National  Women's Coalition against Violence and Exploitation is now working with the family and detectives on this  troubling case.

"I don't believe she left thinking she was running away, I believe after speaking with law enforcement and the detective  on the case that we may be dealing with a human trafficking situation here in Clark county," said NWcave President Michelle Bart.

There are more red flags in this case. Anji left behind her wallet, bank cards, her glasses, and clothes. 

"She only  took what she was wearing, which was black running tights, a white razor back tank top  and white Nike shoes," said her mom.

She also sent her boyfriend an alarming text just days before disappearing, telling him she had gotten into something bad and someone was threatening to kill him and her family. Her boyfriend is cooperating with detectives.

Authorities also discovered a cell phone that Anji's parents didn't know  she had.  They are analyzing it for clues.

Anji used to volunteer as an explorer scout for the Clark County Sheriff's Department. Now that same department is investigating her disappearance. If you know anything about the case your are urged to  contact Detective  Scott Kirgiss at 360-397-2028.

You can also follow the case on Help Find Anji Facebook page created by the family 

 

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