Missing Albuquerque Teen Found In Fort Smith
A missing 14-year-old Albuquerque girl was located Thursday (April 17) in Fort Smith.
She was reported missing more than two weeks ago, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The teen was last seen on March 31, leaving for her school. When she didn’t show up, her parents contacted authorities. An Amber Alert was issued on April 1, 2014.
U.S. Marshals located the girl with a man named Robert Butler in Fort Smith.
Butler was taken into custody, authorities said.
Butler and the girl met online according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Butler faces charges from Albuquerque for child solicitation of a minor, and he will be looking at being extradited back to there shortly, according to authorities.
Authorities said he was not initially cooperative and was very surprised at the presence of the officers, and he was even more surprised when he was told authorities were from New Mexico.
Authorities got a tip that both were in the River Valley, which led to his arrest. They said that Butler drove from New Jersey to pick her up before school. From there, they drove up to Oklahoma City and then back to the Texas area. They finally ended up in the River Valley.
The two were reportedly camping in abandoned areas and not staying in a motel.
Investigators said the teen’s parents are hoping to catch a flight to Fort Smith Thursday night to reunite with their daughter.