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Suspected kidnapper met underage victim online, investigators say

Posted at 10:56 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 11:59:12-05

Court records reveal a 13-year-old victim, who was kidnaped from North Carolina and found safe in Oklahoma, met the suspect online three months ago.

RELATED STORY: North Carolina girl found alive in Checotah

Investigators say 23-year-old Jacob Gardea took the girl from her home, then took her to a motel in Checotah, where he forced her to have sex.

After a three-day search, the FBI found them and arrested Gardea.

Gardea now faces several felony charges.

The girl is in protective custody and waiting to be reunited with her family.

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