Bound teen found by LEOs was being taken to rehab by father

Officers stopped the car after someone spotted the bound girl in the backseat and called 911

Associated Press

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol says a 17-year-old girl found bound and gagged in a car was being taken by father and sister to a drug rehabilitation center in Mexico.

Officer Kevin Smale tells The San Diego Union-Tribune someone spotted the bound girl in the car's backseat on southbound Interstate 5 Monday evening and called 911.

Officers stopped the car in the city of Carlsbad.

Smale says in a statement that investigators determined the girl's 67-year-old father and 21-year-old sister forced her into the car with the intent to take her to drug treatment.

Smale also says the 17-year-old admitted to using methamphetamine for the past year.

The girl was taken into protective custody. No charges have been filed but the case is under investigation.

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