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Searchers pore over Annadel for missing teen

Sonoma County sheriff's deputies searched Annadel State Park on Thursday for a signs of a 15-year-old Santa Rosa girl who left home Saturday and hasn't been seen since.

Charlotte Anna Molinari, a sophomore at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, had been feeling depressed before she rode her bike away from the family's apartment near Coddingtown Mall about 9:45 a.m. last Saturday, her father said Thursday.

She told him she wanted to go to Spring Lake and Annadel, John Molinari said. He tried to talk her out of going, but she slipped away a short time later, he said.

"It seems now she was planning this," Molinari said.

He called police that evening and a Santa Rosa officer searched the neighborhood without finding her. But there wasn't much more police activity until Wednesday, when investigators searched her bedroom and got a court order to get into her Facebook account, Molinari said.

Police at first assumed she was a runaway, he said.

"Then they actually listened and connected the dots," he said. Meanwhile, some of Charlotte's friends started looking for her, Molinari said.

Santa Rosa Police issued a public appeal for help finding Charlotte on Thursday.

"We developed information she would have gone to Annadel," said Sgt. Lisa Banayat. "We don't have any indication of foul play. We are concerned about her mental status."

Banayat said she didn't know why the department waited until Thursday to release a missing person report.


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