A Marine was detained last month after a missing 14-year-old girl was found in the barracks of a California base.
Teen Found In Marine Barracks
A 14-year-old girl’s grandmother reported that her teen granddaughter had run away in early June.
Deputies responded to the grandmother’s home that day to take a missing person report and enter the information into the missing person’s databases.
The teen was found in an unusual location inside the barracks at the Marine Corps base north of San Diego on June 28.
It is unclear how long the teenager stayed at the barracks and if she was seen by other Marines who reported her presence.
Federal law enforcement officials said they are investigating. They briefly questioned a Marine with the Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Single junior Marines are generally assigned to the barracks where most share a room with at least one other Marine. The rooms generally have two single beds, a small refrigerator, eating area, secretary desk, closet and wall lockers.
The barracks also have common areas with pool tables and TVs.
Aunt Says Teen Was Sold
That was the same day that Casaundra Perez, who identified herself as the 14-year-old’s aunt, posted a TikTok video.
The video claims her niece was raped at the Marine barracks and was “sold to a service member for sex.”
“(The military is) trying to cover it up and place the majority of the blame on her. However, the reality is the whole facility allowed this to happen,” Perez says in the video. She did not provide any evidence to corroborate her claims.
“The security looked her in the face and allowed this man to bring a minor onto the base, where he proceeded to have sex with her. Due to her age, she could not have given this consent.”
Perez notes that her niece has learning disabilities.
Marine Found With Teen Not Arrested or Charged
The case has been handed over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the federal agency investigating Navy and Marine Corps criminal cases.
NCIS spokesman Jeff Houston said no one has been arrested or charged in the case.
He said the Marine was detained for questioning and released back to his command. The sheriff’s department and the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force are assisting in the investigation.
The Marine’s connections with the missing teen are not clear at this time.
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