A 19-year-old man is in custody after police say he was found with a 13-year-old girl whose disappearence led to an Amber Alert.
The 19-year-old and the 13-year-old girl were “in a continuing romantic relationship that began on the internet,” according to the Associated Press.
An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night after authorities said the girl, Trinity Lewis, got into a truck with the 19-year-old and one of his relatives. She had said she was goign to a friend’s house, but never showed up. Authorities investigated her disappearance as a possible abduction.
Dent County deputies and state troopers found the 13-year-old with the man at about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday in Reynolds County. After questioning, the girl was released to her parents.
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On Wednesday morning, police canceled an Amber Alert issued for a 13-year-old girl reportedly abducted Tuesday night in Salem.
A post on the Dent County Sheriff’s Facebook page said the girl had been found Wednesday morning and is safe.
Deputies had been asking for the public’s help in locating a maroon, two-tone extended cab pickup truck with dark rear side windows, believed to be carrying two men and the abducted 13-year-old girl.
A previous Facebook post on the agency’s page stated the truck was last seen on County Road 6090 traveling toward Highway 32 West in Salem at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The girl, Trinity Lewis, told told her guardian she was headed to a friend’s house, but she never made it. Police said at some point she was picked up by the two men in the pickup.
Salem is 125 miles southwest of St. Louis, south of Interstate 44 and east of Fort Leonard Wood.