FBI: NC woman last seen 5 years ago could be in Cleveland area, reward being offered

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The FBI is offering a reward and expanding its search for a North Carolina woman who has been missing for five years.

Authorities say they’ve received “credible information” that Rachel Natacha Owens, 20, may be in the Cleveland or Columbus areas.

According to a release, Owens, then a teen, was last seen getting into a car outside of her school on May 5, 2011.

She rode the bus to South Brunswick High School in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. She got off the bus and was seen on surveillance video getting into a small, dark-colored car with a possible South Carolina license plate.

The FBI received information that Rachel may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio, as recently as 2014.

Special agents are expanding the investigation to Ohio and are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of Rachel and the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance.

Rachel may go by the names Raquel or Rakel.

Authorities say she’s run away in the past and expressed a desire to go to Mexico. She has not had contact with any family or friends since she left her high school.

She may be with a man of Hispanic descent who is much older and who possibly works in construction.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-225-5324 or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777.

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