EDMUNDSON, Mo. (AP) – Authorities have found a missing 16-year-old suburban St. Louis girl safe and apprehended a family friend whom police described as “physically violent” after a pursuit, crash and search in South Dakota.
Police in Edmundson, Missouri, said in a news release that the teen and 26-year-old Christopher Johnson were taken into custody Wednesday. No charges were immediately filed.
Police say the teen was last seen Tuesday night leaving her uncle’s home with Johnson and classified the case as a “child abduction,” although not a forcible one. Police said Johnson had previously escaped from custody.
After Wednesday’s chase, the suspect’s vehicle was spotted wrecked and unoccupied in the South Dakota town of Kadoka. The teen and Johnson were found after a search. At one point, they were believed to be near Chicago.