16-Year-Old Student and Former Wrestling Coach, 25, Found After Disappearing Together
Police said they had a "romantic" relationship.
A 16-year-old California teen who vanished with a former coach at her high school have been found together at a home in Stockton, where the teen lives, authorities said.
Alexus Arther, a junior at Franklin High School, and Phillip Maglaya, 25, had been missing for a little over a week.
Maglaya, who was a former volunteer wrestling coach at the high school, was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, police said.
An anonymous tip helped authorities locate them, police said. Arther has since been reunited with her family, according to reports.
Authorities previously said they believed the pair was in a “romantic” relationship.
“She mentioned someone, but not that it was a wrestling coach or anything, just someone that she might like,” Franklin High School junior Brisa Madrigal, a friend of the teen, told CBS Sacramento. “She never told us who he was, or where he’s from, or anything."
Maglaya reportedly started volunteering as a coach last year after passing a background check. He later advised the school he wouldn’t be returning, the Stockton Unified School District said.
The teen had reportedly left her parents a note before she disappeared that read, “I love you guys very much. Nothing you guys did was your fault,” ABC reported.
She also reportedly texted them later in the week telling them not to worry and that she was "safe" at a friend’s house.
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