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26-year-old Man Lured Tech Heiress, Arrested and Charged after Butterfield Found Safe in Tenderloin Area of San Francisco

26-year-old Man Lured Tech Heiress, Arrested and Charged after Butterfield Found Safe in Tenderloin Area of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA: A 16-year-old teen, whose parents are tech founders, was found safe after being missing for nearly a week. The teenager had left home in Marin County and was later rescued from the streets of San Francisco. The person responsible for abducting the teen has been charged.

Mint Butterfield was discovered around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the Tenderloin neighborhood. San Francisco police found the teenager in a white van accompanied by Christopher “Kio” Dizefalo, 26 years old.

According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Dizefalo, who is described as “an adult friend,” is believed to have convinced Mint to leave home six days ago.

Dizefalo is currently incarcerated in Marin County on suspicion of several serious offenses, including child abduction, along with a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The bail amount has been set at $50,000.

Christopher ‘Kio’ Dizefalo, San Francisco man arrested as Mint Butterfield is found safe.

In an email sent to the press, the parents of the teenager expressed their gratitude towards the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and San Francisco Police Department for successfully reuniting Mint with her family. The parents, including Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield, and stepdad and fellow tech founder Jyri Engeström, conveyed their appreciation for the efforts made in bringing their child back home.

Authorities have confirmed that Mint left a note before fleeing their residence in Bolinas, a quaint coastal town located just north of San Francisco. The incident occurred on the night of April 21, and Mint was reported missing the following morning.

Investigators concentrated their efforts on San Francisco’s most challenging district, as the mother suspected it was the likely destination for Mint.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office labeled the teen as voluntarily missing, with agency spokesperson Sgt. Adam Schermerhorn stating to The Standard on Friday that detectives had no grounds to suspect any foul play or abduction.

In its press release on Sunday afternoon, the agency reiterated a similar point, stating that although the teen was considered “at risk,” detectives have now confirmed that Mint “had run away from their home voluntarily.”

SFPD provided limited information on Sunday, only confirming that Mint has been “safely located and reunited with family.” All other inquiries were directed to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude in a press release on Sunday for the ongoing assistance provided by the SFPD, the Oakland Police Department, and the FBI in the search for Mint.

“We extend our gratitude to the various governmental and non-governmental agencies that generously provided additional resources,” the statement expresses. “Furthermore, we are grateful for the assistance from the public in their efforts to find Mint and for sharing valuable information that ultimately resulted in their safe return.”

Reference: SF Standard

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