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Central Falls woman reported missing found alive

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. -

A 21-year-old pregnant woman with developmental disabilities who was reported missing last week was found Wednesday and appeared to be unharmed.

Luisa Pena was found at about 11:30 a.m. on the streets of Pawtucket by Central Falls detectives. They were tipped off by an informant who recognized her.

"She appears in good condition. She is being spoken to by our investigators right now to determine where she may have been," Maj. Arthur Martins said at an afternoon news conference.

Police said they do not know if a crime was committed and that Pena will be checked out at a hospital.

Pena is three months pregnant and has a profound speech impediment. She is a former student at Central Falls High School.

Pena's family had said they were worried Pena had been abducted. She recently reported to police that she was assaulted by three men. She also told a teacher at the high school that she had met a fourth man at a bus station who made her promise to keep his name a secret.

The family planned to hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening at the Spring of Life Church in Providence. The event was set to go ahead as planned as a show of thanks to the authorities and public for their work to find Pena, said Victor Capellan, deputy superintendent of schools in Central Falls.

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