FBI: NC teen missing for 5 years may be in Ohio

FBI: NC teen missing for 5 years may be in Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A North Carolina girl missing for five years may have been spotted in Ohio.

The Charlotte Division of the FBI and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are seeking new tips to find Rachel Natacha Owens.

Owens was last seen getting into a car outside of her school in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina on May 5, 2011. She got off the bus and was seen on surveillance video getting into a small, dark-colored car with a possible South Carolina license plate.

The FBI received information that Rachel may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014.

Special Agents are expanding the investigation to Ohio and offering a new $5,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of Rachel and the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.

Rachel is now 20-years-old and may go by "Raquel" or "Rakel".  She had run away in the past and expressed a desire to go to Mexico.

Police say she has not been in contact with any family members or friends since the day she left her high school.

According to the FBI Rachel may be with a man of Hispanic descent, who is much older than she is and who possibly works in the construction business.

Anyone with information on Rachel's whereabouts should call 1-800-CALL FBI, that's  1-800-225-5324 or the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office at 910-253-2777.

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