Missing College Student Found Safe

A 23-year-old college student from Rhode Island who was missing for more than a week in California has been found safe.

Authorities say Dianne Thacher's family had not heard from her since Oct. 5. They reported her missing Oct. 11.

The South Kingstown woman is a student at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. She was reportedly in the Santa Barbara area to meet friends and was last seen checking out of a motel on Oct. 6.

Police say her car was found abandoned with a flat tire and several parking tickets on the same day she was reported missing.

Thacher says she stayed with an acquaintance for several days in Santa Barbara County and her phone was dead during this time. When she left to return home, she saw media coverage indicating she was a missing person and contacted police.

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