Missing, endangered teen found safe in Salem

UPDATE: Salem police say citizens spotted 15-year-old Bethany Desanto in the area of Portland Road N.E. and Hayesville Drive N.E. at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday night. Bethany was taken into protective custody and then returned to the custody of the Department of Human Services.

SALEM, Ore. - Police need the public's help locating a missing 15-year-old girl who may be in danger.

A Salem Police officer on August 12 found Bethany Desanto living with her homeless mother in Minto Brown Island Park.

Bethany was taken into protective custody at that time and placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services, who later placed her in a foster home in the north Salem area.

She fled from the foster home the next day and has not been in contact with her family since.

Bethany is known to use controlled substances and alcohol and may frequent homeless camps and other areas that could place her in direct danger, police said.

A missing person report has been taken by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, and she has been entered into the national database as missing and endangered. Bethany may also give a false name when contacted.

Anyone who has information about Bethany is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Sergeant Michael Bennett at (503) 540-2456, or 911 if they know of her current whereabouts.