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Missing Amarillo Teenager Found in California

A missing Amarillo girl has been located in California.

The Randall County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday morning that Trinity Daelyn Payton, a missing Amarillo teenager, had been located in Chino, California.

Payton went missing last week and was last seen in security footage at the Petro Truck Stop and Restaurant on Interstate 40. Payton was seen in the footage with a truck driver, who later contacted Randall County authorities. The truck driver told authorities that he had given the Amarillo teen a ride to California and had responded to a ride request online that was arranged by an unknown person in California.

The truck driver also informed authorities that he had dropped Payton off at a Walmart in Montclair, California.

On Monday, local investigators found that a Lyft ride that had taken the teenager to the Petro Truck Stop was arranged from California.

The person coordinating the rides from California has not yet been identified.

It was announced on Tuesday that Payton had contacted a friend in Amarillo and said that she was at the Target in Chino, California. Randall County authorities were alerted and the Chino Police Department was contacted with the information.

Chino authorities have located Payton and she is in the custody of the authorities.

No further details have been released.

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