Indiana girl found in Missouri after being kidnapped

Police say the 14-year-old girl communicated with one of the men on social media.

LOGANSPORT, IND. — Most people who go to Logansport usually live there or know someone who does.

But on Monday, police said five undocumented immigrants drove into the city and picked up a 14-year-old girl they had never met.

“It’s an eye-opener, from what I do with my kids to what I see here,” said Logansport police Det. Jason Rozzi.

Rozzi said the sergeant assigned to the case called him in the middle of the night to ping the girl’s phone, or in other words, use his phone to locate her.

“I mean, I don’t think they would have found her without that. So, yeah, that was a big part of that whole scenario,” Rozzi said.

That ping helped Indiana police locate the girl in Missouri just hours after she left.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Justin Dunn said after Logansport police informed them of the girl’s whereabouts, an officer was able to stop the car on U.S. 36.

“Obviously they’re separating individuals during this traffic stop to find out each person’s story and who they are and where they’re going or where they’re going and that was obviously done in this investigation,” Dunn said. “Thanks to this, the person in question being missing, his identity was identified and confirmed to the police officer through an interview with this person.”

Dunn and Rozzi say the girl was communicating with one of the guys through social media.

They’re asking parents, no matter where you live, to keep an eye on your children’s phones.

During the last stop, police asked the girl’s father to pick her up in Missouri and bring her home.

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