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New leads investigated in missing Spotsylvania teen

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Department Captain Jeff Pearce said, "We have a few leads we are following based on evidence we have recovered with the found luggage and the interviews we have conducted with witnesses and family members.
Katelin Akens

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Spotsylvania County authorities say they are investigating a few leads in the disappearance of a 19-year-old girl last seen after she was dropped off at a Metro station en route to Ronald Reagan National airport.    

"We have a few leads we are following based on evidence. We have recovered with the found luggage and the interviews we have conducted with witnesses and family members," Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Department Captain Jeff Pearce said. 

Captain Pearce said the disappearance of Katelin Akens is suspicious.

"But until we find her we don't know at this point what if anything has happened," he said.

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Investigators said the 19-year old was last seen Saturday when her family dropped her off at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.

From there, she was supposed to take the metro to Regan to catch a flight. Family members say she never arrived at her destination. Her family said she was going back to Arizona to finish cosmetology school. 

On Monday, her luggage was discovered in a drainage ditch on River Road near Bragg Road in Spotsylvania County. Detectives said the teen would not normally travel through this area of the county. 

"She was and is a bright young girl who was headed to Arizona because she wanted to complete her education," said Captain Pearce.

People who spoke with WUSA Tuesday said Katelin's disappearance is alarming.

"Being a young woman here it definitely raises suspicions. If I hear that happening down the road I wouldn't want to be alone up here." Samantha Roberts said. 

At this point, investigators want assurance the teen is alive and safe. 

If you know anything call the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Department at  1-800-928-5822 or 1-540-582-5822

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