Missing Connecticut teen found safe after flying to Morocco to meet Facebook boyfriend

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NEW YORK — Rebecca Arthur, a Connecticut girl who vanished after flying to Morocco on Monday to see the boyfriend she met on Facebook, was located by authorities early Friday, police said.

Arthur, 17, was dropped off at the Delta Airlines terminal of JFK International Airport on Monday.

She then flew to Casablanca, Morocco, to meet up with a Facebook friend, Sima El Adala. The two have been in a relationship since Feb. 18, 2015, according to their Facebook profiles. Arthur's parents were unaware of the friendship.

According to police, she told her mom she was flying to California to visit a friend. Instead, the father of El Adala purchased Arthur a ticket for an international flight from JFK to Casablanca.

Clinton police teamed up with with Connecticut State Police, FBI, Homeland Security, and Moroccan authorities to find the teen.

Arthur has been in touch with her parents to let them know that she was safe and unharmed about 2 a.m. local time.

The State Department is currently planning her safe return to the U.S.

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