Emma Pangelinan
Emma Pangelinan. Photo: OC Sheriff’s Dept.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed late Monday afternoon that a body found near Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo is that of Emma Pangelinan, 13, who was reported missing Sunday.

“At this time the death does not appear suspicious. A full investigation and autopsy will be done by the OC Coroner’s office,” the department reported on Twitter.

The body was found by a passerby about noon in heavy brush bordering Pinecrest Park, sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

Emma was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Braun said. Investigators suspected the girl ran away from home.

–Staff, wire reports

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