Dutch teen sailor found in St. Maarten

A Dutch teenaged sailor, who relatives reported had gone missing, has been found on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, police said Sunday.
Dick Dekker, left, his daughter Laura Dekker, centre, and her lawyer, Peter de Lange, hold a news conference Aug. 24 in a courtroom in Utrecht, Netherlands. ((Bart Muhl/Associated Press) )
A Dutch teenaged sailor, who relatives reported had gone missing, has been found on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, police said Sunday.

St. Maarten police spokesman Ricardo Henson confirmed that Laura Dekker was on the island Sunday evening, and said efforts are under way to get her back to the Netherlands. He declined to provide further details.

The Child Protection Agency in the Netherlands could not immediately be reached for comment late Sunday.

Utrecht police spokesman Bernhard Jens said, "We do not believe this is a crime."

A family spokeswoman said Dekker left a letter for her father before disappearing on Friday. She did not say what was in the letter.

Dutch police issued an international alert after Dekker was reported missing Friday.

Earlier, Jens said the boat belonging to the 14-year-old girl, who made headlines when she went to court to fight for the right to sail solo around the world, was still moored at its usual berth and she appeared to have left her father's home on her own.

The Utrecht district court refused to let Dekker set sail and placed her under the supervision of child-care authorities in late August.