Missing teen found after mom's message to her goes viral

LOGAN, Utah (KSTU) -- A Logan teenager believed to have been a victim of sex trafficking has been found and has reunited with her family, two aunts of Sarah Dunsey said Saturday.

Trina McCulloch and Kandie Dunsey both cried as they talked about receiving news that the teen was safe.

"If you would have heard last night when [Sarah's dad] got the call... just a lot of joy," McCulloch said, choking up as she spoke.

Sarah Dunsey, 17, was last seen at the MGM in Las Vegas on January 15, according to her family, and that's where they believe she was abducted.

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The search for Sarah gained national attention after her mother and others put together a video asking for help and urging Sarah to fight.

Then on Friday, McCulloch and Dunsey said they got the news that authorities in Venice, California found Dunsey and brought her to a local hospital.

They said she left the hospital and, with her mother and grandmother, headed to St. George, where Dunsey's mother lives.

"She was found, but her recovery is still going to be a long time," Kandie Dunsey said, as she fought back tears.

McCulloch said Dunsey's father made the trip from Logan to St. George to reunite with his daughter Saturday night.

Around the same time, dozens gathered to light candles and celebrate Sarah's return to safety.

"Just a lot of gratitude," an emotional McCulloch said. "These people that are behind us, they love our family and they love Sarah."

The crowd also took a moment during the vigil to pay tribute to sex trafficking victims who never make it home.

McCulloch said two men who were allegedly with Sarah have been taken into custody, and said they aren't able to say anything more because of the ongoing investigation.

Fox 13 News has reached out to police in Logan, Las Vegas and Los Angeles for confirmation and information on the case, and more details will be posted as they become available.

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