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Rachel Natacha Owens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Division of the FBI and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have revamped their search for a teen who went missing five years ago.

Rachel Natacha Owens was last seen getting into a car outside of South Brunswick High School on May 5, 2011.

Authorities say Owens rode the bus to school and was seen on surveillance video getting into a small, dark-colored car with what appeared to be a South Carolina license plate.

As recently as 2014, the FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio. Special agents said Owens is now 20 years old and may go by “Raquel” or “Rakel.”

Before her disappearance, Owens had run away and talked about wanting to go to Mexico.

Authorities said they believe she may be with a man of Hispanic descent, who is much older than her and may work in the construction business.

Owens has not had contact with family or friends since the day she went missing.

The FBI has expanded its investigation to Ohio and is now offering a $5,000 reward for tips that lead them to Owens or the person responsible for her disappearance.

Anyone with information on Owens’ whereabouts should call the FBI at  1 (800) 225-5324 or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777.