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Missing Tujunga woman found at her home

A 52-year-old woman who police suspected may have been kidnapped from her Tujunga home was found safe Saturday evening.

Family and friends of Margarita Stephens reported her missing Friday after not seeing or hearing from her for three days, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. 

Stephens was found at her home around 7 p.m., according to Senior Police Service Representative Victoria White of the LAPD Foothill Police Station. Stephens had been in a hospital out of the area, White said.

Initially, police said they suspected Stephens' 28-year-old son, Jose Perez, who had recently been released from a mental facility, might have kidnapped her.


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