A desperate search is over for a teen from Clinton, Connecticut, who flew out of the country earlier this week to meet a Facebook boyfriend in Morocco.
Rebecca Arthur, 17, had her mother drive her to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on July 6 and took a flight to Morocco. Police say Arthur’s mother dropped her daughter off at the Delta Airlines terminal, under the impression that the girl was flying to California to visit a friend, NBC New York reported.
“The daughter had no intention of going to California,” said Clinton Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn. “She pulled a fast one on her mother,” Dunn told NY Daily News.
Instead, the teen took an international flight to Casablanca, Morocco, where she arrived July 7. Arthur was allegedly traveling to see the boyfriend she met online, Simo El Adala. According to Facebook, where the two reportedly met, Arthur and El Adala have been in a relationship since February.
She was found in the seaside town of Essaouira with El Adala and his family.
Morocco has been listed as a dangerous country for Americans and travel there can hold many risks according to the U.S. State Department. The State Department urges that Americans in Morocco “maintain a low profile,” due to “the potential for terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens,” NBC Connecticut reported.
Arrangements are being made to return her to the U.S.