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Friday, April 18, 2014

Missing New Mexico girl found in Fort Smith

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

A 14-year-old girl who went missing in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March has been found in Ft. Smith, with police saying she was in the company of a 26-year-old man who met online. 

An Albuquerque TV station reports that investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service followed a tip that Lacey DeWitt, 15, might be at a Target store at 4001 Phoenix Ave. in Ft. Smith. Police found her there in the parking lot around 1:30 yesterday afternoon in the company of a New Jersey man named Robert Butler, 26. They were reportedly living in a Subaru that police say Butler had stolen in Pennsylvania. Investigators say that Butler and the girl had traveled to Oklahoma City, Texas and Arkansas. The pair had reportedly dyed their hair, and police say the Subaru had been spray-painted white. 

The Fort Smith Times Record reports that Butler has been booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on a New Mexico warrant for suspected child solicitation, and is currently awaiting extradition back to New Mexico.

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