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Perry cops investigating case of girl found in Michigan shelter

March 2, 2012

Perry Township Police are investigating a situation involving a local 16-year-old girl who was found in a women's shelter in Muskegon, Michigan where she told police she had been kidnapped from Ohio.

"The story just doesn't match up," Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh said based on the reports of the Muskegon Police who interviewed the girl. "At this time, we believe she went voluntarily - she was not abducted."

Township police received a call at 3 p.m. Tuesday from the Muskegon Police regarding the girl who had been located in their jurisdiction at a women's shelter. The report said she was claiming to have been kidnapped from Salem by a male she had met on the Internet.

She gave Muskegon Police an address in the 1100 block of West Perry Street for her place of residence. In their report, Emigh said she told them she left to go to school Monday morning and didn't remember anything until getting to Michigan. She was never reported missing and Emigh said he believed the mother found out where she was before local police did.

Columbiana County Children Services has been notified and is investigating. An investigator tried to make contact with the girl and her mother, but nobody appeared to be home.

Emigh said his department has not had an opportunity to talk to the girl or her mother. He believed they were still on their way back from Michigan.

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