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Teen girl missing 3 years returns home after living with ex-boyfriend

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A photo of Vesti when she went missing in 2008. A photo of Vesti when she went missing in 2008.
The Union County Sheriff's Office released this picture of Gutierrez when she went missing. The Union County Sheriff's Office released this picture of Gutierrez when she went missing.

MARSHVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A teen missing for nearly four years returned home to Union County last month and told her mother she had been living with her boyfriend in Chicago.

The girl, who was 16-years-old when she went missing, did not come home from Forest Hills High School on April 21, 2008, Union County Sheriff's officials said.

The girl, Vasti Colmenares Gutierrez, left school after receiving text messages from her boyfriend, deputies said at the time.

Everyone was worried that the teen had "met some harm" after leaving the school and many attempts to find her over several months were unsuccessful.

On December 27, the girl returned to her Marshville home, where her mother lives, deputies said.

She had been living in Chicago with her ex-boyfriend for the last three years and nine months, she told her mother.

"Vasti's mother is very glad to have her back home," said Det. Sgt Brian Helms of the Union County Sheriff's Dept.

Gutierrez's brother told WBTV the family had given up hope of seeing her again, and were excited to learn she was alive and ready to return home.

They have not questioned her about why she left and never contacted them.

"I'm just happy that she's back, that's all," said Javier Colmenares, Gutierrez's brother,

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