A man has been arrested after a 13-year-old girl who went missing on June 24 was found in the United States.
The teen was last seen around 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, near 131 Avenue and 91 Street, next to Killarney Junior High School.
In a press release on Saturday, Edmonton Police said she was found in Oregon on the morning of July 2.
Officers said she has been taken to a local children’s hospital for a “precautionary examination” and steps are being taken to return Lila safely to her family.
A 41-year-old man has been jailed and will be charged with child locks. Police said more charges may follow as the investigation progresses.
Several organizations were part of the investigation, including ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams), Northern Alberta ICE Unit, RCMP, Abbotsford Police, US Customs and Border Patrol, CBSA, Gladstone Police (Oregon), Oregon City Police and the FBI.
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“Many may wonder why no AMBER Alert was issued in this case. In the early stages of this investigation, there was no indication that she was with anyone, so this file did not meet the criteria,” explains Staff Sgt. James Vanderland with the Edmonton Police Department of Historical Crimes.
“An AMBER Alert was prepared after we confirmed the credible tip of the suspect’s identity, location and vehicle description; however, we were told that the suspect was no longer in Canada, so an AMBER Alert was no longer feasible.”
In an FBI statement on Saturday, the Portland field office said it aided in the arrest of 41-year-old Noah Madrano for allegedly luring a 13-year-old girl from Canada to the US.
The FBI statement said “the girl was found overnight in Oregon City” and the man is being held on state charges by the Oregon City Police Department.
The girl’s parents posted on Facebook on Saturday that they were on their way to Portland and “bringing our baby home.”
“As we have a journey of healing ahead of us, we are focused on seeing and hugging our daughter and getting her back home,” the girl’s parents wrote.
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