Missing 12-year-old Found in Wentzville, MO - Suspects in Custody

WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- Police say two men from Maryland traveled to Missouri to abduct a girl they met on the internet.

Phones across Missouri started buzzing Sunday morning, asking everyone to look out for these two men -- 22 year old William Dela-Cruz and his brother, 25 year old Jason, after police say they abducted a 12 year old from the Kansas City area.

"I was in the shower and saw the alert go off," says Eric Hodson.

Several people in the Wentzville area saw the Amber Alert and called 911 after seeing a young girl and a man who matched the description.

A clerk at the U-Gas station on Highway Z saw the two enter the store Sunday afternoon. He called 911. Then two customers at the Six North Cafe in the Wentzville Bluffs saw the two sitting outside on the patio.

Phones across Missouri started buzzing Sunday morning, asking everyone to look out for these two men -- 22 year old William Dela-Cruz and his brother, 25 year old Jason, after police say they abducted a 12 year old from the Kansas City area.

"Apparently this has been an ongoing internet conversation for sometime and finally they acted on it," says  Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz. 

"That's what its for, thats exactly what its for," Hodson says.  "They're on the highway, I get them all the time when I travel state to state."

The Wentzville Police Chief says they would rather get dozens of false calls than no calls at all.

"I think its a testament to how well the Amber Alert system works, people do pay attention, if it wasn't for those phone calls we received we wouldn't have been able to recover this child," said Frisz.

Police say the two brothers traveled more than 15 hours from Maryland to meet the 12 year old. Investigators believe they were heading back east when they stopped in Wentzville.

"They actually arrived in the Wentzville area in the middle of the night, they went to a loca hotel to get a room for free is what they inquired, they were denied at that point they began to walk around the Wentzville area," Frisz said.

Police arrested William Dela-Cruz without incident at the cafe and took the child to the hospital to be checked out. The child is safe and her father picked her up from the Wentzville Police Department.

Jason Dela-Cruz turned himself in later Sunday afternoon to police in Columbus, Ohio.

The FBI is now investigating the crime as well since the men traveled across state lines.

 

(KMOV for CBS News)
 


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