GLENDALE, AZ — *UPDATE: Glendale police announced on July 26, 2023, that Alicia Navarro has been located and is safe. Click here for the latest on this story.*
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It's been one year since Alicia Navarro went missing.
The Glendale girl was just a few days away from her 15th birthday when she left her home and never returned.
Throughout the past year, her disappearance has gained national attention and has left many wondering what happened that day on Sept. 15, 2019.
Alicia's mom, Jessica Nunez, says she woke up to find her daughter missing. She says Alicia left a note that said she ran away but that she would be back. Nunez says Alicia has autism and relies on medication. She says Alicia has never been on her own and needs the help of her family.
Glendale Police are investigating. The family has also partnered with the non-profit, The Anti-Predator Project, made up of current law enforcement officers doing their own private investigation into the case, free of charge.
The investigators told ABC15 they can't give too many details because they don't want to compromise the investigation. But the family says they believe Alicia was lured by someone she met online.
"We at least feel that Alicia met someone online and she left her house that night," Investigator with the Anti-Predator Project Toby Braun said. "And when she made contact with that person she realized the person she made contact with probably wasn't the person she thought he was, which was a friend, and that it clearly wasn't a friend and that was the last time she has ever been seen or heard of."
Braun says Alicia took her cell phone with her, but the phone has not been used since the day she went missing.
If you have any information about Alicia's disappearance, the family wants you to call Glendale Police at 623-930-3000 or The Anti-Predator Project at 305-796-4859.