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Missing Oakland Girl, 12, Found Safe: Police

Before she was found, the girl's family believed she was brainwashed and taken by a predator through gaming

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    A 12-year-old Oakland girl has been missing since early Sunday morning, and her family believes she was brainwashed and taken by a predator through gaming. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Tuesday, July 2, 2019)

    A 12-year-old Oakland girl who had been missing since early Sunday morning has been found safe, according to police.

    Further information regarding Brianna Zamora's discovery was not immediately available.

    Before she was found, Zamora's family believed she was brainwashed and taken by a predator through gaming. She had been last seen by her brothers Saturday. Her parents were out of town.

    Early Sunday morning, her father got an alert on his phone indicating that the front door to his home opened in the wee hours of the morning. What he saw next put him in panic mode.

    "My son went to her room looking for her and he said she's not here," Emilio Zamora said, as his surveillance cameras pointing at the front door of his Oakland Hills home confirmed his worst fear — it showed her walking out.

    Gaming is Brianna's pastime, something her father has been worried about for the past year when he found out she's been gaming with strangers.

    "My greatest fear," he confirmed. "There are a lot of predators out there looking for young people like her."

    Zamora believed his daughter was lured away from the home by a stranger. She ran away four months ago but came back within four hours, he said.

    Oakland police said a team of investigators was working with Bay Area law enforcement to find her. And because there was a possibility that she may have crossed state lines, the FBI was involved.

    "She loves playing all the time with people from different states," Zamora said.

    Meantime, Emilio Zamora has a message for other parents.

    "Monitor your kids, control what they’re doing," he said. "This way, you don’t have the problem I'm facing now."