Missing Maspeth teen found safe by authorities in London, man connected to her disappearance in custody

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A 16-year-old girl from Maspeth who ran away to London was found safe in “good condition” by the London Police Department on Wednesday.

Victoria Grabowski was last seen around 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at her residence in Queens. Authorities arrested a man in connection with her disappearance.

Her uncle Arkadiusz Grabowski said that her parents discovered texts showing that she had been talking to an older man in Britain, and left on Saturday Aug. 24 from JFK to fly to London. 

The identity of the man in custody has not been released.

The NYPD worked with London detectives to locate the girl and communicate with her family.

Arkadiusz said that British police were able to track down Victoria with the man who she met up with using information connected to his rental car. They ended up locating her 125 miles from London.

Arkadiusz said that it was the swift reaction of the 104th Precinct that ended up getting Interpol involved in time to locate Victoria.

He and Victoria’s father went to the police precinct of Sunday after first driving to the airport to see if they could intercept her before she boarded her flight. By the time they arrived at the station, he said that 104th Precinct had already sent a report to their London police counterparts, who worked on finding Victoria within minutes of her landing in London.

Updated at 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 29

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