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Friday, July 11, 2014

Missing El Dorado girl found in Michigan

Police hold 12-year-old, Canadian man she met on the Internet

By SARAH TUCKER
The Wichita Eagle

Police found a 12-year-old El Dorado girl in Michigan on Friday afternoon, a day after she had left home with a man she met on the Internet.

The girl, who had been missing since Thursday morning, was found after police stopped Kenneth McGill in a rural area in Eaton County, west of Lansing. McGill, 20, of Ontario, Canada, was arrested and was being held by Michigan state police on Friday evening.

The girl also was being held by police and appeared physically unharmed, said Michigan State Police Lt. T.J. Riegle. The Amber Alert issued in Michigan has been canceled.

Riegle said he doesn’t think they were headed for the Canadian border, but he doesn’t know where they were going.

Police think the girl left home on her own to meet McGill, who had checked into an El Dorado motel early Thursday morning.

The car the two traveled in was spotted heading north on the Kansas Turnpike shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday and in south-central Michigan as of 3 p.m. Friday.

McGill was driving a white 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Canadian license plates that was previously reported stolen from his parents.

El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said earlier that the girl’s parents told investigators they had last seen her about 2 a.m. Thursday. They reported her missing about 12 hours later.

Contributing: Associated Press

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