(FOX 11 / CNS) A 69-year-old Dana Point woman who authorities feared had been abducted was located unharmed this morning at a gas station in Compton, authorities said.
Cheryl Jean Moser was located by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies around 3:45 a.m., said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Deputies spotted her at a 76 station at the corner of Alondra and Long Beach boulevards, said Sgt. Ron Hester of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Compton Station. Her car was with her, he said.
An unidentified man who had been depicted on a gas station surveillance video with Moser was not with her when she was located and authorities were investigating his relationship to the woman, Amormino said.
Moser left her home at 33282 Palo Alto around 8 a.m. Tuesday to visit a Verizon store to see if her wet iPhone could be saved, but she never came back, he said.
It was "strictly out of character for her not to come home,'' he said. Investigators learned that one of Moser's credit cards was used several times after Tuesday morning and they had feared someone forced her to make charges against her will in Pomona, the San Fernando Valley and in Orange County, Amormino said.
About 8 a.m. Wednesday, a video camera at a Mobil station at 104 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach captured images of Moser with a man Amormino called suspicious-looking.
No one in Moser's family recognized the tattooed man and his identity remained a mystery this morning, Amormino said.
Hester had no information about the unidentified man.
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