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Michigan teen found in California


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SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- A girl missing since March 1 has been found safe and is in police custody along with a convicted murderer traveling with the teen, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

Lindsey Ryan, 14, of Jones, Michigan, was in a car that the California Highway Patrol pulled over Monday morning. She is in police custody in Susanville, California.

Terry Drake, a 56-year-old convicted murderer who police say kidnapped Ryan, was in custody.

Tom Marshall of the California Highway Patrol said that he believes the girl's parents have been notified but that did not know whether the teen would be immediately taken back to Michigan.

Lindsey was determined to be missing early March 1 when her mother went to wake her in her first-floor bedroom and found the door locked. After Ryan's father broke down the door, the parents saw that the window was open and that Lindsey was gone.

Cash and firearms also were missing from the home, her aunt, Catherine Nichols, told CNN. In addition, a computer's hard drive had been erased, she said.

Two 14-year-old friends of the girl later revealed she was carrying on an e-mail relationship with Drake, whom the family met through church, Nichols said.

Although unsure how long the two were corresponding, relatives said that the relationship was at least several weeks old and that a diary and notes in Lindsey's room mentioned Drake.

Carol Ryan said then that it was clear Lindsey consented to leave the house. But she said she was not certain that her daughter was remaining with the man voluntarily.

Drake pleaded guilty to the 1977 kidnapping and murder of an Indiana woman. He was released from prison in 1993.


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