Charges being filed after missing teen found in Connecticut

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County teenager, missing for more than 24 hours, is on her way home.

Bell County Sheriff's Deputies say 14-year old Madison York was found Thursday night in New Britain, Connecticut.

Investigators say charges are being filed against the people she was with in Connecticut.

14-year old Madison York was found more than 800 miles away from home in Connecticut.

"She's anxious to come home. She's very scared and she's anxious to come home, yes she is," says Judy Messer, Madison York's Aunt.

Family members say Madison York left school Wednesday morning and walked home. Then a neighbor saw her get into a van with a Hispanic man and teenage boy.

Investigators say that was David Hernandez, 51, and his son. Investigators say the boy's mother and aunt, Lisette Ramos, 36, and Brendales Ramos, 28, are also believed to be involved.

Thursday, deputies traced Madison's cell phone to the family's home. New Britain Police found her there.

"There was a large cooperative effort. A lot of people put in a lot of hours, didn't sleep, worked two straight days on getting her back, so it was a huge relief she was safe," said Sheriff's Deputy Shane Stewart.

The family she was with is facing charges of unlawful transaction with a minor and custodial interference. Authorities say plans are being made to extradite them back to Kentucky.

Deputies say an anonymous tip led them to find a Facebook page to help them find the missing teen.

Investigators say Madison York had an online relationship with Hernandez's teenage son through the Facebook page she had created under a different name. Deputies believe she helped plan the getaway.

"She thought these people loved her.; these people thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world and that everything was going to be wonderful when she got away with them," said Messer.

"We believe she was a willing participant; however, she's 14, she's a child, and you never know what's going to happen," said Deputy Stewart.

Deputies are investigating the Connecticut family's intent.

Meanwhile, Madison York's family is planning her homecoming.

"We're planning a big celebration, and we're just going to let her know how much we love her and how thankful we are she is home and how much she is loved," said Messer.

She is expected home this weekend.

The suspects are being detained and questioned at the New Britain, Connecticut Police Department while Bell County authorities work out the extradition papers.

CBS affiliate WFSB in Connecticut reports extradition is approved for Hernandez, and he is expected to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Monday.

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