SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man is behind bars accused of taking a missing teen to his home while an entire community searched for her.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the child came across Brooks on a sidewalk along Campbell Avenue. After an initial conversation, Brooks took the child to his residence where she spent the night. It has been determined that Brooks and the child had no prior relationship and neither did the child’s parents with Brooks.
At this point, police say they don’t know yet if there was any physical or sexual assault. And that the investigation is still ongoing. Lt. Wilson says more charges are possible.
City Utilities released the following about their driver helping bring the teen back home safely:
Scott Miller, General Manager of City Utilities of Springfield said, “We are thrilled T.J. was able to bring a successful resolution to this incident. Everyone at City Utilities and CU Transit is proud that his quick observation and response to the situation was able to assist the police and the community in the investigation and safely return ****** to her family.”
(KOLR10 deleted the name of the victim in this statement to protect her identity.)