Two charged after Belhaven missing teen found

Mary Pagliaro
Mary Pagliaro(Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 9:06 AM EST
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A teenager who was reported missing in Beaufort County has been found and two people are facing charges.

Belhaven police chief F.P. Clingenpeel says the 15-year-old was found safe and unharmed Thursday night. Police say an investigation revealed that she willingly got into a car with people she met in an online chatroom and traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Police charged Jacob Sanders, 25, of Texas and Helena Bernache, 24, of Virginia with felonious restraint. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be possible.

FBI agents assisted in finding Pagliaro and bringing her home to Beaufort County early Friday morning. Eight other agencies assisted in the investigation.

Pagliaro was reported missing in Belhaven on Tuesday.

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