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December 15, 2018

North Carolina girl, 13, who had been missing for three days found safe in Oklahoma after possible abduction

November 29, 2018
Jacob Gardea is accused of abducting 13-year-old Aubrey Acree. (Mcintosh County Sheriff’s Office)

A 13-year-old North Carolina girl who had been missing for three days was found safe on Wednesday night in Oklahoma following a possible abduction.

Aubrey Acree, last seen by relatives in Rutherford County on Sunday night, was located 900 miles away in the town of Checotah with 23-year-old Jacob Gardea, who was arrested.




“Aubrey’s family has been notified of this great news and arrangements will be made in the near future to return her home to her loved ones in North Carolina,” the FBI said in a press release.

Gardea, of Albuquerque, N.M., is facing abduction charges. Investigators say a “keen eyewitness” provided them with a strong lead.

“She’s a special young lady, to me and for this family, and we love her dearly,” pastor Scott Butler with Chase Baptist Church in Mooresboro told WSOC before Aubrey was found. “We just want her back home.”

A witness saw Aubrey get into a car with someone in Mooresboro on Monday, according to ABC News.

Sheriff Chris Francis of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office told Fox in Carolina that investigators believe Gardea and Acree connected on social media and that he may have been taking her to his hometown of Albuquerque.

Multiple agencies, including the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were involved in the search.

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