A Michigan teenager is no longer missing, and the man who allegedly took her out of state is in custody.
Police had notified the media that 13-year-old Rachel Marie Baker might be in danger, after the Hamilton girl apparently took off overnight with a 34-year-old California man she had met on the Internet. Police were keeping an eye out for a burnt-orange 1999 Ford Mustang with an expired California license plate that they believed Joseph Arpin was driving.
Allegan County Sheriff’s Captain Frank Baker explains to WRJW radio how they found the pair, "They were working with the Crestwood Police Department after receiving information that the suspect may be in that area."
"As a result, with the assistance of the Crestwood Police Department, the suspect was stopped and a convenience store and he was arrested," said Baker
Arpin will be extradited to Michigan to face charges for taking the girl out of state without parental permission.
LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Amber Alerts expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for a Southern California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.
Oregon state police said there was a possible sighting of James Lee DiMaggio's blue Nissan Versa in northeast California near Alturas on Wednesday, followed by another about 50 miles along the same highway near Lakeview, in south-central Oregon.
Investigators have said DiMaggio may be headed to Texas or Canada with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and possibly her 8-year-old brother Ethan, though investigators said a charred body discovered along with the mother could be the boy.
Also Wednesday, a friend of Hannah Anderson said DiMaggio told Hannah he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age.
DiMaggio explained that he didn't want the girls to think he was weird in an effort to defend himself after noticing they exchanged glances, 15-year-old Marissa Chavez said. She said he spoke while driving them home from a high school gymnastics meet a couple months ago.
Hannah Anderson asked Chavez to join her from then on whenever DiMaggio, 40, drove her to meets.
"She was a little creeped out by it. She didn't want to be alone with him," Chavez said.
DiMaggio was like an uncle to Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan. He was very close with their parents for years.
On Sunday night, authorities found the body of 42-year-old Christina Anderson when they extinguished flames at DiMaggio's rural home. A child's body was found as they sifted through rubble in Boulevard, a tiny town 65 miles east of San Diego on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The child's body has not been identified but it may be Ethan, sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said late Tuesday.
Christina Anderson's father, Christopher Saincome, said Wednesday that his daughter visited DiMaggio's home last weekend to say goodbye before he moved to Texas. DiMaggio, who works as a telecommunications technician at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, was a regular presence at the Anderson family apartment in Lakeside, a suburb of 54,000 people.
"He must have had this planned," Saincome said.
Saincome said nothing seemed amiss when he called his daughter at work Friday to let her know she didn't call on his birthday. Anderson, a medical assistant, said she would call back that night but never did.
Investigators had no evidence that the relationship between DiMaggio and the missing girl was more than friendly.
"We're not looking into that directly at this point," Giannantonio said.
DiMaggio is wanted on suspicion of murder and arson in a search that began in Southern California and spread to Mexico and neighboring states.
DiMaggio's sister, Lora Robinson, told U-T San Diego that the allegations against her brother were "completely out of character." She said he spent four years in the Navy, left the service to care for her after their mother died of cancer, and volunteered rescuing animals.
"He is the kindest person in the world," Robinson said.
St. Louis County Police are hoping someone can lead them to a teenager who fled naked from Christian Hospital Thursday evening. Police have issued an Endangered Persons Advisory for 16-year-old Vernon J. Echols.
Police say the teen was taken to the hospital at Dunn Road and Highway-367 after attempting suicide. But he escaped. He was last seen heading north.
Echols is described as black, with a medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He's five-seven and 133-pounds. Police say he wasn't wearing any clothes when he took off.
Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.
The search continues for a St. Louis-area teen who has been missing in Florida since Saturday.
Police said 17-year-old Nicole Crowder was last seen in Daytona Beach in the company of a man and woman. Volusia County authorities said she was in Florida with her sister to visit her mother.
Police said Crowder has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old and takes medication for ADHD and bi-polar disorder, but does not have her medications with her.
Daytona police say the teen was last seen with as a black man who is 30-years-old, bald, has a medium build, and gold teeth. The female is described as having a dark complexion, appears to be in her late teens, and was wearing a black bathing suit.
If you have any information about Crowder’s whereabouts, please contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (386)248-1777.
Police are asking for help to find a missing Oakville Teen.
According to his father, Timothy Corcoran was last seen around 11 AM Friday. His dad came home at noon and found a note saying he had gone to lunch with a friend. That note also indicated that Timothy may harm himself.
Timothy is a white male, 16 years old, 6'1" tall, and 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black Cardinals cap, white t-shirt, and tan shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Louis County Police at 314.889.2341, or call 911.
St. Peter’s Police Department is asking for your help in finding an endangered teen who may be with a registered sex offender.
Police are searching for 16-year-old Molly Linhardt who was reported missing by her parents Monday. They dropped her off at work at a Kentucky Fried Chicken of Jungermann Road to later find out she was not scheduled to be there.
Molly Linhardt was described by police as being a white female standing at 5 foot 3 inches tall. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and is approximately 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a KFC uniform; black pants, black shirt, black shoes and hat.