Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert for a 15-year-old Yakima girl they believed was kidnapped when they found her Monday evening in Nevada, police said.
Elko County Sheriff’s deputies in Nevada stopped a black Lexus around 10 p.m. Monday after receiving suspects’ license plate information from the Amber Alert, said Yakima Police Captain Shawn Boyle on Tuesday. The driver, a 34-year-old man, was taken into custody and is being held in a Nevada jail on investigation of multiple charges, Boyle said.
Authorities initially issued the Amber Alert on Monday afternoon, after the girl stepped outside of her Yakima home to take the trash out around 11:20 a.m. and didn’t return, according to the Washington State Patrol. Her family was home when she disappeared and grew concerned when she didn’t come back inside, Boyle said.
Detectives believe the man being held in connection with her disappearance was working with another suspect, who allegedly “coerced (the girl) via social media,” kidnapped her and took her to Arizona for about a month last fall, Boyle said. She was found and taken back to Washington in November.
“Through investigation, we were able to identify that he came to Yakima on behalf of the other (suspect),” Boyle said.