Deputies said the teenager met his alleged kidnapper — Jorge Camacha — online and then in person.
LEXINGTON, N.C. – Investigators said a missing 13-year-old girl from the Dallas area was found more than 1,000 miles away Friday. locked in a barn in Davidson CountyNorth Carolina.
Dallas police confirmed to WFAA that the teenager was in Lexington, North Carolina, about an hour north of Charlotte.
On Monday, North Carolina authorities said the teenager met his alleged kidnapper — Jorge Camacho — online and then in person.
“They discovered that the minor had been communicating with an adult male through social media platforms. The content of the chat was consistent with grooming and seduction, and he enticed her to leave the home where he picked her up in the (Dallas) area,” Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said at a news conference.
The girl’s mother told WFAA that the two met while playing an online video game and that they used Discord to talk. The mother said they had been talking for “months”.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was working with the FBI to determine the whereabouts of the teenager and the suspect. Investigators said they received a tip about Camacha’s whereabouts and conducted a traffic stop.
Simmons said they found the girl locked in an outbuilding on Camacho property along Linwood-Southmont Road.
The girl was rescued and taken to a local hospital for treatment. She is now back home with her family, officials said.
According to the arrest warrant, Camacha faces eight charges, including rape and indecent liberties with a child and human trafficking. He is being held in jail on more than $1 million bond.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m
Dallas police said the investigation is ongoing. They deferred questions to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI in Dallas.
Additional information about the case was not immediately available.
See Monday’s update from North Carolina authorities: