The nightmare every parent faces, of their child being abducted, has come to an end for a Texas family. Their missing 13-year-old daughter was found, thousands of miles away, in a shed belonging to her abductor. According to reports the girl was found in Davidson County, which is south of Winston-Salem, on Friday night, Davidson County Sheriff Richie Simmons said at a news conference.
The suspected abductor, 34-year-old Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho, had been communicating with the girl through social media and eventually enticed her to leave home with him.
Through investigation, and two weeks after she went missing, Camacho was identified as a person of interest in the girl's disappearance and the FBI in Dallas alerted the authorities in North Carolina. The sheriff's office in Davidson County found Camacho while he was driving and conducted a traffic stop at approximately 6p.m. Friday evening. Camacho was arrested and has been charged with child abduction felony, felonious restraint of a child felony, human trafficking felony, two counts of statutory rape of a child under 15 felony, two counts of statutory sexual offense with a child under 15 and indecent liberties with a child officials said.
The girl was later located in a shed, categorized as an "out building" but fashioned into a tiny home that was locked from the outside. Upon first glance the girl, whose name is not being released due to the nature of the crime committed against her, appeared to be uninjured and in good health. She was taken to a nearby medical facility for evaluation before being reunited with her family in Dallas who she hasn't seen since March 1.
The property owner said she allowed Camacho to stay there but said he did not live in the main house on the property and that she didn't know he had anyone else staying with him.
Simmons said it's unfortunate, but they're seeing an increase in these cases.
“This is how kids are sold into human trafficking. They're not being able to be kids. What we are teaching our kids and our homes, it scares me. It scares me even more so that we have to have classes to teach our kids to be careful with social media," Simmons said.
Simmons is now pleading with parents to watch what their kids are doing online.
“Our message is going to be, please help us out. I'm very thankful. I thank God that we were able to find this young girl. It may not be that case forever, and what these children must go through, they don't think, who they're talking to," Simmons said.
Camacho was being held in lieu of $1.25 million bond Monday, the sheriff’s office said. Online court records did not appear to show whether he had an attorney.