A missing teenager was found locked inside a man's shed, 1,000 miles from where she vanished.
The 13-year-old was discovered inside Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho’s shed with nothing but a TV, a mattress, a jar of peanut butter and a bottle of salad dressing.
Police swarmed the property in Lexington, North Carolina, US after they received a tip-off from a special agent with the Texas FBI's Violent Crime Task Force.
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The 34-year-old was pulled over and arrested as he left the property last Friday (March 10).
The girl’s mother reportedly revealed the suspect had been communicating with the girl for months while playing online video games and chatting on Discord.
Now, the 13-year-old’s family have spoken out about the horrifying ordeal.
The victim’s aunt said: "We kept our faith and we knew she was alive and we prayed every day.
"I don’t even want to imagine what she endured during that time."
The girl had last been seen in Dallas, Texas on March 1. Reports state that the teen appeared uninjured when she was rescued.
But the publication stated that it is believed she was a victim of a sex crime.
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Camacho faces several charges including felonies for child abduction, felonious restraint of a child, human trafficking, rape of a person under 15, and indecent liberties with a child.
The aunt had helped put up fliers around the East Dallas neighbourhood where she went missing.
She went on: "It’s heartbreaking, of course. That’s my niece.
"Nobody ever wants to imagine, or even think, or know that a child and their family has gone through that type of experience. No child deserves to go through that."
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In a news conference on Monday, Richie Simmons, sheriff of Davidson County, North Carolina, said that police were on the scene 10 minutes after receiving the tip from the FBI agent.
Suspect Camacho had been allowed to stay on the property, but the owner told police he did not live in the main house and she didn't know he had anyone else staying with him.
At this stage, investigators learned the girl had been in communication with an adult online and Simmons said the nature of the messages were consistent with grooming.
The girl's dad was able to help track down the suspect after finding messages exchanged between his daughter and the 34-year-old.
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