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Illinois teen runaway found with adult male in Russellville

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RUSSELLVILLE (KATV) - A 15 year old girl is back home in a suburb of Chicago after running away with a 25 year old man from Russellville. 

Police say they became Facebook friends and made plans to meet. Jairo Hernandez, 25, drove 10 and a half hours and picked the girl up near her home. Family reported her missing on Saturday, August 17.

Friday, investigators gathered more evidence from the rental home of Jairo Hernandez on South Hastings Street.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children got involved and the Cicero Police from Illinois were able to track the girl's cell phone to the neighborhood. Russellville officer, Drew Latch says, "At the time it was a broad ping and the search wasn't successful. It later had a more specific ping."

That's when they started getting tips from neighbors. "When we were showing the photograph around, someone pointed out the house where they have seen the girl. So we approached, knocked on the door and it was actually her who answered the door."

Hernandez was also in the home. He has been arrested, charged with a felony, sexual assault in the fourth degree. He is in jail; bond has been set at $150,000.

Officer Latch says that depending on the outcome of the investigation, he could face more charges, "We are going to take every avenue - any charge that is possible, we will definitely go down that route."

Officer Latch warns parents to set their kids privacy settings and check their account often because you need to know who they are communicating with. "The key is to just get involved because kids don't know who they are talking to online."

Russellville police are seeking tips to determine if Hernandez has done anything like this before. Police are checking to see if Hernandez has a criminal history.

 

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