A woman who reportedly went missing Thursday after she posted a concerning message on social media was found safe in Escondido Friday, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.
SDSO was searching for Katelyn Schwindt, 27, who was reported missing just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday. She posted a concerning message on social media saying she had visited a local casino this week and though she had “possibly been drugged.”
The reporting party told deputies at the SDSO’s San Marcos station that Schwindt had posted a message on her Facebook page telling friends she had visited Pala Casino in San Diego’s North County the night before.
In the post, according to the sheriff’s department, Schwindt told friends “she thought she was possibly drugged and assaulted.”
SDSO has not yet been able to confirm if Schwindt was at the casino but Pala officials were cooperating with the department's investigation.
On Friday, Schwindt was located in Escondido in good health and told Escondido police that her being reported missing was a misunderstanding, SDSO said.
No other information was available.
On Friday, friends of Schwindt and her family were clearly worried.
Some of Schwindt’s friends had taken to social media to get the word out about her disappearance.
One friend, Krystle Hudnell, described Schwindt as an amazing and kind person. She said Schwindt's disappearance seems out of character.
"She’s just an awesome person, she's never done anything bad to anybody. She strongly believes in God, and that’s how we kind of clicked too. She’s just the sweetest person that you know," Hudnell said.
Hudnell posted on Facebook urging others to help in the search for her friend. The post generated more than 1,500 shares as of Friday afternoon.
Hudnell was also taking missing-person flyers to hotels, posting them on sidewalks and sharing them with just about anyone who will stop.
“So far, nobody has seen her, she doesn’t look familiar to anybody, Hudnell said. "But I’m going to keep trying. Somebody out there has to know where she is."