A 13 year old runaway girl from Long Island, NY has been found safe as 22 year old John Vertrees was arrested and hauled off a western bound Amtrak train in Rochester after 11 p.m. and was charged with unlawful imprisonment.
Vertrees, of Sacramento, Calif., traveled to Rocky Point and climbed into the girl’s bedroom window to spend a few hours with her on Wednesday, Suffolk County police said.
The girl used the window to slip out of her house at 4 a.m. Friday and left with Vertrees in a taxi, investigators said.
Suffolk police said they used phone and computer records to identify a suspect. Investigators said they believed Vertrees was headed back to California with the girl.
John Vertrees was nabbed on a train bound for California as he lay sleeping in a car with a 13 year old Long Island girl he had met on the Internet.
After the two met in an Internet chat room in January, Vertrees traveled to the teenager’s home last week, police said.
12 year old Kayleah Wilson has been missing in Greely, CO since March 28, 2010 when she was last seen when she left her home Sunday afternoon to go to her friend’s birthday party. She never arrived. Thus far, police have found no evidence suggesting that Kayleigh Wilson either ran away or was the victim of foul play.
HLN’s “Nancy Grace” featured the story Friday evening April 2, interviewing reporters and Dave Joly of the FBI.
Kayleah Wilson case: Search continues for missing Greeley girl.
The search for a missing 12-year-old Greeley girl widened today as authorities conduct ground searches in wooded areas in the vicinity of Kayleah Wilson’s home and divers searched a ponds in west Greeley.
Sgt. Joe Tymkowych, Greeley police spokesman, said this morning that leads are being checked as they come in.
A dive team from Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority searched ponds in the Gateway Lakes Nature Area on the southwest corner of U.S. 34 and 35th Avenue, just west of the Home Depot store.
“It’s just an expanded, selective kind of search to make sure there’s nothing there we need to focus on,” Tymkowych said. “Ideally, it would be nice to find her sitting in those trees too scared to go home. That’s just not happening yet.”
Search for Greeley girl focuses on lake, 4 other sites
The search for a 12- year-old Greeley girl missing for a week continued Saturday, focusing on five locations near her home, including a lake.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Posse mounted unit, along with FBI agents, Greeley police and numerous volunteers from other agencies, were searching grassy and covered areas, police spokesman Joe Tymkowych said.
Meanwhile, divers from the Union Colony Fire Department inspected a small lake near U.S. 34.
People with tips about Wilson’s whereabouts are asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
UPDATE I: After 3 weeks missing, still no signs of 12 year old Kayleah Wilson.
The reward has been raised to $20,000 for any viable lead that brings Kayleah home.
Knocks on the doors of 1,000 homes and apartments in Greeley have yielded no clues. Searches of local ponds and ditches have turned up nothing. Behavioral science, pseudoscience, soulful prayers and dogged citizen searches have had the same result.
Scores of police and FBI agents have come up empty, as have pleas on Facebook and Twitter.
Twelve-year-old Kayleah Wilson has vanished.
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