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Missing Florida girl found in Beckley

BECKLEY (NEWS RELEASE) -- A 17 year old girl missing since October 19, 2013 from Citrus County Florida was located in Beckley, WV by U.S. Marshals led C.U.F.F.E.D task force after a multiple day search.
 
Task force officers from Beckley Police Department, Raleigh County Sheriff's Office and Deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service received information on December 26, 2013 from a Citrus County Sheriff's detective that a 17 year old girl who had been reported missing was possibly staying in the Raleigh County Area.
 
The task force was able through multiple interviews and computer investigations learn that the teen girl was homeless and living on the streets somewhere in the downtown Beckley area. 
 
Early on the morning of New Year's Eve, members of the task force received a tip that the girl would be meeting an individual on East Prince Street in Beckley to flee the area in an attempt to avoid the authorities.
 
Task force members conducted surveillance on East Prince Street and at approximately 9:30 AM the missing girl was spotted and taken into protective custody.
 
The teen girl was brought before Raleigh County Circuit Judge Kirkpatrick for a hearing.  The teen was transported to a juvenile center in Huntington, WV until her family can make arrangements to return the girl to her Florida home.
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