Gray County deputies arrest man accused of kidnapping 12-year-old from Ohio
GRAY COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - Gray County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a suspect near McLean accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from Ohio.
Officials say a 12-year-old girl left her home around 8:30 a.m. Thursday to go for a walk and never returned home. Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department detectives learned the girl was communicating with a man through social media.
Detectives and deputies interviewed family, friends and neighbors of the girl and were able to identify 41-year-old Joseph Gunter from New Mexico as the suspect.
Officials say detectives obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle and were notified the license plate number was recorded on a camera in Kentucky about 10 hours after she went missing.
Detectives also obtained the cellphone number for the suspect, which was pinged to the phone on I-40 in Texas Saturday afternoon.
Officials say Gray County deputies received information Saturday that a 12-year-old girl had been kidnapped in Ohio. Deputies found the vehicle close to McLean where the suspect was arrested without incident.
Officials say the 12-year-old girl was recovered and unharmed.
Gunter was booked into the Randall County Jail on a federal hold for kidnapping charges.
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