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Missing Teen, Suspected Abductor Found In South Carolina

Lawmen say they have found a missing 13-year-old and her suspected abductor in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tarboro police say Nancy Ramirez and Leonardo Velasquez-Frias were found together around 11:00 p.m. Thursday.

Ramirez was last seen Thursday. Police say she was signed out of Martin Middle School in Tarboro. Police told WITN News they have video of Frias signing Ramirez out of school Thursday.

The family says the ID of Ramirez's brother was missing, and that Frias may have used that ID at the school.

Tarboro police say they're on their way to South Carolina to pick up the girl this morning, and say details about how they were found are still coming in.

The 20-year-old suspect was arrested on a fugitive warrant.


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Lawmen are searching for a 13-year-old Tarboro girl who they think may have been abducted by a 20-year-old man.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says Nancy Ramirez was last seen Thursday. She was signed out of Martin Middle School in Tarboro at 10 a.m. Thursday. Police tell WITN News she was signed out of school by Leonardo Velasquez-Frias, a 20 year old who had been staying with the Ramirez family for about a month.

Frias, according to police, is originally from Halifax County.

Police say they have video of Frias signing Ramirez out of school Thursday.

The family says the ID of Ramirez's brother is missing, and that Frias may have used that ID at the school.

A felony warrant for abduction was issued for Leonardo Velasquez-Frias on Friday. Officials say the two are in a gold 1997 Mercury Mystique with North Carolina license plates ZZK-9757.

Ramirez has a scar on her left eyebrow and on her nose.

Police say they did not issue an Amber Alert because though Ramirez was technically abducted, she was not forcibly kidnapped. Because it appears Ramirez went with Frias willingly, the incident does not qualify for an Amber Alert.

Detectives think the two may still be in Eastern Carolina. Frias may be attempting to make money doing agricultural work.

Anyone with information on where the two may be is asked to call Tarboro Police at (252) 641-4247.

Click the photo tab to see full size pictures of Ramirez and Velasquez-Frias.


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