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UPDATE: Missing teen spotted in nearby neighborhood

Courtesy Pinal County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Missing teen spotted in nearby neighborhood

CREATED Oct 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 23, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas, Taylor Higgins

FLORENCE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A teenage girl who went missing early Tuesday morning has been located in a neighborhood approximately one mile from where she went missing. 

Pinal County deputies began investigating the alleged kidnapping of 15-year-old Samantha White just before 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, accorrding to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

According to White's aunt, the teen was last scene at her home in the 35000 block of North Richardson Drive.

White's aunt, who lives at the residence with White's mother and father, said she went for a walk while White was getting ready for school. When she returned from her walk, she discovered White's school books and backpack scattered on the sidewalk in front of the residence.

Gaffney tells KGUN9 that a note was left at the scene that read, "You will get her back when she gets what she deserves."

Officials checked with the school and confirmed that White did not arrive for class Tuesday morning.

At around 1:00 p.m. Tueday, a citizen driving through a neighborhood about one mile from White's home witnessed someone matching White's discription. 

Detectives responded to the scene and confirmed that the girl was infact Samantha White. White was then taken into custody for medical evaluation.

White was cleared by medical personnel and taken to another location for questioning. Her description of the events are contrary to the evidence.