Alicia Navarro’s mother pleaded for the public to “move on” from her long-missing teen daughter’s sudden reappearance — warning that the “search for answers has taken a turn for the dangerous.”
“Let’s focus that my daughter is alive. This is a miracle,” mom Jessica Nuñez wrote Sunday night alongside an emotional video plea posted to her “Finding Alicia” Facebook page.
She expressed appreciation for everyone who has supported her since 2019, when her daughter — who walked into a Montana police station last week — first went missing days before her 15th birthday.
“I could never have kept going without all of your love, help and well wishes. I can’t even put into words the amount of gratitude I have for you all,” Nuñez says haltingly.
“But now that we know Alicia is alive, I have to ask one more favor of you. I know you want answers and I do, too. But the public’s search for answers has taken a turn for the dangerous,” she continues.
“I have been harassed, my family has been attacked all over the internet — the public has gone from trying to help Alicia to doing things like trying to show up to her house and putting her safety in jeopardy,” Nuñez says.
“So I beg you, please no more TikToks, no more reaching out to Alicia or to me with your speculation or questions or assumptions. This is not a movie, this is our life, this is my daughter,” she says.
“I love her more than anything in the world, and I think I have shown you that,” the disconsolate-looking mom adds. “There’s an ongoing investigation and I’m begging you to move on.”
Nuñez’s plea comes after Navarro’s neighbors told The Post that the young woman allegedly fought with a man she had been living with in Havre, a city about 40 miles from the Canadian border, and threatened to “go back.”
Navarro, who “willfully left her home” in Glendale, Arizona, in 2019, walked into the local police precinct the day before the argument to request that she be taken off the missing person’s list so she could get a driver’s license and could begin living a “normal life,” according to authorities.
It was unclear how long she’d been living in the Havre apartment, but neighbor Garrett Smith, 22, told The Post that Navarro and a man in his 20s have been residents since he moved in about a year ago.
Police confirmed that a man was detained and questioned Wednesday at the same apartment complex, although it is unclear whether it was the same person with whom Navarro had been living with.
Navarro, who has been described as autistic but high-functioning, left behind a note when she left her home that read: “I ran away. I will be back. I swear. I’m sorry.”
Navarro is still being considered a victim, police previously said, while the family’s private investigators exclusively told The Post last week that she had only “spoken briefly” to her mother, while her intentions regarding whether she planned to return home were unclear.
She told police she has not been hurt, was not being held against her will and could come and go as she pleases.
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