UPDATE: Man found with missing SLO teen arrested

Bradford Allen Mitchell
Bradford Allen Mitchell

Editor's note: At the time the girl was missing, we published her identity to help the public in locating her. Now that she has been found, SanLuisObispo.com is removing her identity. She is a juvenile who falls under our policy to protect the identities of children in such cases except in rare circumstances.


A Michigan man found in Pismo Beach with a San Luis Obispo teenager has been arrested.

Bradford Allen Mitchell, 52, was found with the 16-year-old girl at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The teen hadn't been seen since Monday.

Mitchell was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and taken to County Jail, according to police. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

Police originally said it was thought the two had met online and that Mitchell traveled to California to meet her. Although police believed the girl left voluntarily with Mitchell, they were concerned about her safety and thought they may have been traveling back to Michigan.


The missing San Luis Obispo teenager has been found in Pismo Beach.

The 16-year-old was found at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with Bradford Mitchell, a 52-year-old man from Michigan. The two are believed to have met online.

Original story:

Police are looking for a San Luis Obispo teen who may be traveling with a 52-year-old man to Michigan.

The girl, 16, is considered missing and at risk, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

It is believed she is traveling with Bradford Mitchell, who police believe traveled from Michigan to San Luis Obispo to meet with her. They may now be en route to Michigan.

Mitchell is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 187 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

San Luis Obispo Police Department officials say they’re currently gathering information on Mitchell – including a search into whether he has a criminal record.

Capt. Chris Staley said the department is hoping to release a photo of Mitchell and officials are in the process of finding one. Police believe the girl left voluntarily with Mitchell, but are concerned about her safety.

Staley said it’s very unusual for a 16-year-old girl to be traveling with a stranger 36 years older. Police believe the girl met Mitchell online and some of her friends said she was thinking of changing her hair to blonde. But authorities aren’t sure if she has done that or not.

The girl has been missing since Monday and her family is very concerned about her, Staley said.

“We’re concerned for her well-being,” Staley said. The girl is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes, although she may have cut her hair and dyed it blonde.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police.