Missing NC girl found 900 miles from home; man charged with abduction

Jacob Gardea

Jacob Gardea

Authorities say a man is being held on charges after he was allegedly found with a missing 13-year-old child from North Carolina.

Acree's family has been notified and she will return to them in North Carolina.

Investigators tracked a kidnapped girl across multiple states and found her safe in Oklahoma, 900 miles (1,448 kilometers) from her North Carolina home. "We don't know if she actively started to leave and someone assisted her but we do know she's not where she needs to be and any assistance is greatly appreciated", Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis had said during the investigation, Fox Carolina reported.

Jacob Gardea, 23, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested and charged with abduction of a child. "Law enforcement is grateful to a keen eyewitness who helped begin our investigative process with a strong lead that brought us to this joyful outcome".

Aubrey was reported missing by her mother on November 26, 2018.

Albuquerque man arrested for abduction of North Carolina teen

A witness reporting seeing her get into a vehicle with an unidentified person in Mooresboro, North Carolina, on Monday.

Officials said the vehicle of interest was a white Subaru manufactured between 2005 and 2007.

Crystal Hope, a neighbor, told WSOC at the time "It's heartbreaking, "I can't imagine what her family is going through". "I can't imagine what her family is going through".

Gardea was located after investigators began tracking a vehicle believed to have been used in the abduction, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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