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Colorado teen found after Amber Alert

Police seek man driving white Honda with scorpion decal

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(CNN) -- A 16-year-old girl who was apparently abducted in Denver, Colorado, early Sunday was found alive and unhurt hours later, after police issued a statewide Amber Alert, police said.

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Amber Hagerman

Kayla Mitchell was found at a friend's house in northwest Denver shortly before 3 p.m. (5 p.m. EST), said Detective Teresa Garcia, a Denver police spokeswoman. Investigators were still interviewing the teen, Garcia said.

Police were still looking for a man in a white Honda who had apparently kidnapped Mitchell, she said.

Investigators said the man was 25-30 years old, about 5-foot-4, with a pot belly. He was described as having short, thinning black hair, a thick mustache and thick eyebrows.

When last seen, he was wearing a light black jacket, a white shirt with stripes and jeans. Police described the vehicle as a white, 4-door Honda with a gray interior and dark-tinted windows. It has a scorpion decal in the rear window.

Mitchell and her 19-year-old sister both got into the man's car, Garcia said, "but they didn't make it very far.

"The man starts groping the girl in the front and the sister in the back -- the older one -- tries to get the guy off her," Garcia said. "She ends up being pushed out of the car."

Garcia said she did not know why the two girls got into the car with the man, but said the older sister denied knowing him.

"We are treating this as a stranger abduction," Garcia said.

Amber Alerts use radio, television, roadside electronic billboards and emergency broadcast systems to disseminate information about kidnapping suspects and victims soon after the abduction of a child is reported. They are named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl abducted and later found dead in Texas.

Authorities say that in such abduction cases, a child could be killed or seriously injured within a very short time.

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