A missing Ceres woman has been found.
After information about Rosenda Vidaure's disappearance was disseminated to the media and public on Friday, Ceres Police received a tip that the 33-year-old woman has been staying with a relative in the Merced area for the past week. A Merced County Sheriff's deputy met with Vidaure in downtown Merced to confirm that she was not in danger and the missing persons case has been closed.
Ceres Police Department praised the Merced County Sheriff's Department for responding so quickly to assist in this case, and the many concerned citizens who provided tips and shared the information via social media to help reach a larger audience to ensure the young woman was located and safe.
Vidaure was reported missing after not returning from a trip to Phoenix, Arizona to visit a man she met online.
Vidaure left on a Phoenix-bound bus on Dec. 29 and her social media activity indicated that she arrived in Phoenix on Dec. 30 and the most recent picture of her was posted on Jan. 1 from Sedona, Ariz. On Jan. 3, the day before she was due to arrive home from her trip, Vidaure spoke with the person who planned to pick her up from the bus station to remind them not to forget to pick her up the following day.
Detective Darren Venn said she offered no specific explanation as to why she didn't check in with her roommate, which led to fears that she met up with foul play. Venn said the woman was shocked that police acted on a missing persons case to find her. He told her that even though she is an adult that she had a responsibility to others.