Destiny Isabella Mercado Missing – What happened to San Fernando girl?

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Destiny Isabella Mercado Missing – 14 year-old girl missing from San Fernando last Saturday has been found.

Destiny Isabella Mercado, 14 year-old was reported missing on Saturday, 21st of August from her home on the 1900 Blocks of Chivers street to Hubbard street at about 1:15 pm that day.

According to reports, her last contact was a phone call to her mother requesting to go to the local 7-Eleven store at Hubbard and Borden streets. She was reportedly wearing a red tank-top.

The authorities said they received call of sightings which alleged that they saw her getting into a light gray or silver Mazda and her phone was thrown from the car. The police had suspected she might have ran away from home or was kidnapped but her family did not agree to that.

Mercado’s mother, Angelica Pelayo-Hicklin said “A lot of thoughts crossed through my mind, including kidnapping for sex trafficking, I hope that’s not the case.” She was believed to be in danger. “We believe she’s in danger because we know Destiny… I’m the stepmom, but I take care of Destiny with all of our kids together and this is so heartbreaking,” her step mom said.

Search began for Mercado after she was reported missing. flyers were distributed and the areas were searched. The public was also notified to aid in the search. Police released a surveillance image of the car in question in the area of Hubbard and Glenoaks.

The 14 year-old was described as an Hispanic female who is approximately 5’3″ feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She was said to have brown hair and brown eyes.

However, on Sunday, 22nd of August 2021 she was found safe. Her family confirmed that she was now home safe and sound.

The San Fernando Police Department. Lt. Rosenberg of the SFPD said Mercado was found in the Santa Clarita area and that police have made contact with her and that no ‘foul play’ was suspected.

The circumstances surrounding her disappearance has not been given.