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Woman Last Seen Leaving for Church Found Safe in Tijuana

SDPD officers said concerned citizens who saw her missing person flyer reported noticing her sitting on a street in downtown Tijuana alone

A San Diego mother reported missing by her family Sunday has turned up safe in Mexico, police confirmed Wednesday.

Crystal Chappell was located in Tijuana on Wednesday, San Diego police reported.  According to the SDPD, concerned citizens who saw her missing person flyer noticed Crystal sitting on a street in downtown Tijuana alone and called the Mexican authorities.

She did not request any help from police, officials said. Callers helped direct Mexican authorities to the woman.

Authorities will evaluate Chappel's medical condition and assist in transporting her to the U.S. border.

The Oak Park woman disappeared after she went to pick up her children from church.

Her husband, Jonathan, had last seen his wife on 11:39 a.m. Sunday. She left Octapharma plasma center, located at 3232 Duke Street, in San Diego's Midway area to go get her kids in Mission Valley. However, police say she never arrived.  

Jonathan got a call from one of the kids waiting at the church, saying that Crystal was not there. He tried to call her phone, but she did not answer. 


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He went to pick up the kids and returned to their home, where he did a search for Crystal's phone. 

Jonathan said he was able to trace his wife’s phone to southbound Interstate 805 near Plaza Boulevard.

Her husband told police Crystal suffers from health conditions which require her to take medications. However, she did not take any medications with her. 

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