Girl Rescued From Semi-Truck, Trucker and Passenger Arrested for Kidnapping
Sayre, OK – A trucker and a passenger were arrested for kidnapping after a missing 14-year-old girl was located in the sleeper of his semi-truck at an Oklahoma truck stop on Tuesday.
In a now-deleted post by the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), authorities were seeking the public’s help in the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl from Elk City.
According to officials, the girl — whose name is being withheld due to her age — was reported missing by her younger siblings when they could not find her overnight Monday.
The girl, the younger siblings told 9-1-1, was supposed to be babysitting them.
According to an updated release from the BCSO, officials were alerted to a Facebook message on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the girl’s disappearance.
The contents of the message, police said, led them to a male suspect and an out-of-state trucking company.
BCSO reached out to the un-identified trucking company, requesting a GPS location on one of its trucks.
The trucking company cooperated and provided the GPS coordinates of the suspect and his semi.
Police located the semi at a Flying J Truck Stop, located at 2400 So 4th Route in Sayre.
Sayre is located approximately 17 miles from the girl’s home in Elk City down Interstate 40.
“We rushed out there, located the vehicle,” Sheriff Derek Manning with BCSO said in a statement.
“[We] pulled the suspect and an adult female out of the truck, and found the little girl hiding in the sleeper cab,” Manning continued.
Authorities said the girl “appears to be unhurt.”
The male and female suspects are currently being held on complaints of kidnapping.
Their identities have not been released, though Manning said they are believed to be from out-of-state.
In addition, Manning said the male suspect “has a lengthy record, including a history of sexual assaults.”
Manning praised the work of BCSO in locating the girl so quickly.
“This is the best possible outcome on this case,” he exclaimed. “I can’t say enough about the quick work our detectives and deputies did on this investigation. This had the potential to be an extremely bad situation, but some solid, fast detective work and a good field response made all the difference.”
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the case and update with any new information.