Woman missing from Casa Grande found safe

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A 36-year-old woman reported missing from the Casa Grande area is home safe, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies and Casa Grande police officers were searching for Jennifer Alvarez after her boyfriend reported her missing Monday night. Authorities believed she could be in danger.

The sheriff's office said Alvarez's boyfriend found a significant amount of blood on the floor inside her residence and a .45-caliber handgun missing. An assault rifle also was believed to have been taken from the home.

The sheriff's office said security footage from approximately 2:10 p.m. placed Alvarez as the driver of a maroon Ford Expedition leaving The Soda Stop on Chuichu Road. Two males were inside the vehicle with her. Investigators believe one of the registered owners of the vehicle, Ramiro Sanchez, of Casa Grande, was one of the men with Alvarez.

It was later determined that the blood found in the home came from a tooth that was removed under circumstances unknown at this point, according to sheriff's office spokesman Jim Knupp.

Knupp said Tuesday night that Alvarez was home safe and appeared to be uninjured.

The sheriff's office did not release any information about where Alvarez was found or if she returned home on her own.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.