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Missing Henrico woman found safe in NJ


A 19-year-old Henrico woman, whose disappearance was called suspicious by police, was found safe in New Jersey.

Fatoumata "Diamond" Coulibaly went to the police department in Newark, NJ to tell them she was aware she was reported missing in Henrico and was safe. Henrico police now say she voluntarily left the residence.

But her parents tell NBC12 that until they physically see their daughter, they do not believe she is totally out of danger.  Fatoumata is an only child.  Since she went missing her father, Abdoulaye Coulibaly,  has not slept or eaten.  But once he heard she had turned up at a Newark police station, there was an immediate sense of relief. 

"I just cry, I couldn't believe it," he said.  The family is originally from Mali.

Coulibaly's parent's say they do not believe their daughter is safe, despite what police say.  They say they believe she did in fact run away with a man who offered to pay her $8,000 and give her a modeling job.  But they say they believe he could put her in danger.

"I love my daughter, she loves me, we got no, never had problems," says Abdoulaye.

Coulibaly went missing from the London Town Apartments on Monday.  The parents tell NBC12 they got a text from Fatoumata saying the house was being robbed.  When police got to the town home on Loveridge Court, it was ransacked and a window on the back door was smashed.  And before the Coulibalys' daughter turned up at the Newark Police Station, they say she called them in distress saying she wanted to come home.

"My point is if my daughter is alive, I'm happy if she want to go with anybody, I don't care," says Abdoulaye.  "But…I'm not going to believe anything until I see my daughter."

Henrico Police say investigators believe Fatoumata left her home voluntarily and walked into the police station on her own accord to tell Newark officers she is safe.  Because Coulibaly is 19 years old and did not ask police for help, officers say there is no reason to hold her in New Jersey. 

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