Missing teen from Rutherford County found alive in Oklahoma

13-year-old Aubrey Acree

13-year-old Aubrey Acree

Jacob Gardea, 23, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested and faces charges from the state of North Carolina for abduction of a child.

The FBI says Gardea is facing charges of child abduction.

A 13-year-old girl who disappeared Monday from a small town east of Charlotte has been found 900 miles away, in Checotah, Oklahoma, reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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"Aubrey's family has been notified of this great news and arrangements will be made in the near future to return her home to her loved ones in North Carolina", the statement said. Surveillance cameras captured his vehicle earlier this week when it passed through an intersection in Rutherford County, North Carolina. "We don't know if she actively started to leave and someone assisted her but we do know she's not where she needs to be and any assistance is greatly appreciated", Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis had said during the investigation, Fox Carolina reported.

According to ABC affiliate WSOC, Aubrey was seen last by her family members on Sunday night and was reported missing the following day. An eyewitness saw Aubrey getting into a vehicle with an unidentified person near Harris Henrietta Road in Mooresboro, North Carolina. She was last seen near Harris Henrietta Road in Mooresboro, a town about 60 miles west of Charlotte on US 74.

Investigators have identified a vehicle of interest, believed to be associated with the disappearance of Aubrey.

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