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Police find missing Wilmington girl safe, with 21-year-old Ohio man

A 21-year-old Ohio man was arrested Wednesday night after he was found driving with a missing Wilmington girl.

The 13-year-old girl left her home in Wilmington after babysitting and was last seen about 5 p.m. Wednesday near St. Rose Church on Kankakee Street, according to a news release from Wilmington police. The girl’s stepfather called police about 6 p.m. after the girl reportedly texted family members, telling them she was leaving. Her mother began looking into her recent communication records, and police determined the girl had been in contact with a person from Ohio, later identified as Andrew Boltz of Kenton, Ohio, police said.

Police then had Western Will County Communication Center dispatchers enter the girl’s information into the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System as a runaway.

Police were also able to find more information about Boltz, with whom the 13-year-old had allegedly been communicating, and WESCOM personnel pinpointed his location. Dispatchers shared the information with state police agencies in Indiana and Ohio, and Ohio State Patrol officers saw the man’s vehicle traveling east on Route 30, just across the Ohio state line, according to the release. Ohio police were able to stop the car. They found the girl uninjured, the release said. Boltz was arrested, and the girl was taken into protective custody.

Child abduction charges are pending in Will County, police said. Additional charges could be filed; Boltz is currently in an Ohio jail.

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