O'Connor added, "She never leaves without her phone. She's with it 24/7. She was staying on the lake with her family for three weeks."
Big Lake, Washington, is a small town in Washington State and is primarily a residential area. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 1,835 residents that live at Big Lake and primarily has residential homes. Big Lake is also popular for camping, boating, and fishing.
The FBI said they're assisting the Skagit County Sheriff's Office with their FBI Child Abduction Rapid Development Team, which has more resources than a local agency to track down missing children. Right now, the FBI is still calling her an endangered missing person. The FBI is not labeling this an abduction case at this time, according to Q13 Fox.
The FBI Child Abduction Rapid Development Team was created in 2006. The team consists of specially trained FBI agents who work on non-family child abductions, ransom child abductions, and mysterious disappearances of children across the United States and internationally. The team has helped 108 victims since it was created. Federal law requires that a missing child is entered into the FBI's National Crime Information Center.
According to the Missing & Endangered Children Alerts for Washington, there have been 18 reported child disappearances in Washington State this year.
UPDATE: Katelynn Barlow was found Thursday in Federal Way and was found healthy and unharmed, but will be assessed further," FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said. No arrests have been made.
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