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Sheriff: 13-year-old girl abducted from Texas found alive in NC shed

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A 13-year-old girl abducted from Texas was found in North Carolina, over 1,000 miles away from her home, deputies say.

Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said FBI agents were able to find her in a shed at a home on Lynwood Southmont Road on Friday.

Jorge Camacho, 34, is facing several felony charges in her disappearance and is currently in the Davidson County jail.

The FBI discovered the teen had been communicating with her alleged abductor through social media beforehand. Investigators said the chats were “consistent with grooming and enticement,” and said Camacho reportedly convinced the teen to leave her home.

Camacho allegedly picked her up in the area and authorities later discovered he had taken her to North Carolina -- specifically to Davidson County.

Sheriff Simmons said the FBI contacted his department, so deputies started conducting surveillance. That led to them finding a vehicle registered to a Davidson County address. After stopping the car when the driver was leaving that same address, investigators were able to determine the girl’s location.

The girl was found in a shed that was locked from the outside. She was given a medical evaluation at a local hospital before she was reunited with her family in Dallas, Texas.

Camacho’s roommates told Channel 9 they were startled by the news.

“I’m sure he ain’t going to be getting out anytime soon,” said Johnny Sims, roommate.

“I would hope that he wouldn’t come back here because it’s really uncomfortable,” said Brittney Letchworth, another roommate.

Camacho was given a $1.25 million bond. He is charged with the following:

  • Felony child abduction
  • Felonious restraint of a child
  • Felony human trafficking
  • Two counts of statutory rape of a child under 15
  • Two counts of statutory sexual offense with a child under 15
  • Indecent liberties with a child

“Just to come and think that we had a child predator living with us. Scary,” Letchworth said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

(WATCH BELOW: Man who kidnapped Davidson County teen targeted 10 other NC minors, sheriff says)


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