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UPDATE: Missing Vancouver teen found

Teen had been dropped off to meet person she'd met on Internet

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UPDATE: Ayla Venable has been located by Portland Police in Downtown Portland and is no longer considered a missing person. 15-year-old Tremane Jarrod Salazar has also been located and is no longer considered a runaway.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the public for their assistance and spreading of information in this case.

Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Detectives have been working with North Precinct officers and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to locate 13-year-old Ayla Venable. Ayla was last seen at about 1:00 p.m. Friday after her mother and two siblings dropped her off outside the Lloyd Center Mall, to meet up with a male subject Ayla had met on an internet website.

Ayla was supposed to meet her family back at the mall at 3:00 p.m., but has not been seen or heard from since. She and the male subject were last seen, on foot, at the east end of the mall, outside Sears. They may have walked towards Holladay Park, but their destination was unknown.

Portland Police North Precinct and Reserve Police officers jointly searched with Lloyd Center Security, store-to-store within the mall, for Ayla and the male subject, and have scoured the areas surrounding Lloyd Center, including the nearby cinemas.

Investigators has determined there is a possibility that Ayla may have run away, although family members have advised that she has never done so before. There is also concern that she may become medically endangered, as she is in need of daily medication. The family only recently moved to the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, from a small town in Kansas, and Ayla is reportedly not familiar with the metro area’s mass transit system.

Ayla is described as a white female, 13 years old, five feet, two inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has long, straight, light-brown hair, with her bangs pulled back, blue eyes, and wears glasses. She was last seen wearing a black zippered hoodie jacket with white fleece, over a dark-blue shirt, blue jeans with embroidered rear pockets, and mid-calf grey boots.

With the assistance of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the male subject Ayla was last seen leaving the Lloyd Center Mall area has been identified as 15-year-old Tremane Jarrod Salazar, a reported runaway out of Portland. Salazar is not a suspect, but is also being searched for as a missing juvenile, at this time.

Salazar is about 5 feet 8 inch tall with a medium build. He was described as appearing clean-cut and clean-shaven, with short, dark-brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie jacket, blue jeans and a white knit cap with black trim. It is unknown if he was associated with a vehicle.

Anyone who knows of Ayla’s whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Unit at (503) 823-0446.

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