05-31-08 UPDATE: Teen Found
Boise, Mon., June 2, 2008, 11:30 a.m. - Boise Police are happy to report the missing teen believed to have runaway with a man she met over the internet has been found.
The pair was found at 10:30 a.m. mountain time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific time.
The pair are in the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Washington State
. Sheriff's authorities say the girl appears to be in good physical condition.
Boise Police detectives immediately contacted the teen's family who are relieved to know she's been found safe. Through the Boise Police Victim-Witness Advocate, the teen's family would like to express their sincere appreciation for law enforcement, media and citizens working together to find their daughter. What Happened this morning:
According to Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim, a citizen tip led deputies to the suspect and the runaway. They were found in a campground in Palouse Falls State Park,
about 70-miles from Pasco, Washington. Sheriff Lathim says the area is very remote.
Reportedly citizens camping in the area over the weekend returned home to the Tri-Cities and saw this morning's TV news reports of the missing runaway, including details of the suspect's car. The citizens immediately phoned in those tips to police.
According to Sheriff Lathim, the suspect Jones has been arrested on the kidnapping warrant out of Ada County and will be taken to the Franklin County jail. The teen, Saddie Julian will be held at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for questioning untiil arrangements can be made to return her to her family.
"We appreciate the local media for getting the word out so well to our community here around the Tri-Cities," said Sheriff Lathim. "And we greatly appreciate the citizens who noticed the car, put it together with the news reports and called it in so quickly."
"Finding this teen and telling her family she's safe has been our priority," said Boise Police Lt. Alan Cavener.
"We had cooperation from local media who understood the importance of, not only getting the word out in Boise, but with their colleagues throughout the northwest. Citizens were also watching for the suspect's car, the teen and the suspect. This is a case where everyone's cooperation made for a positive ending." said Lt. Cavener. The Investigation: This investigation is continuing.
At this point the suspect faces only the kidnapping charge. More charges are possible pending further investigation.
When notified by Franklin County Sheriff, Boise Police were in the process of following up on several new leads with the assistance of law enforcement in those areas. Several weekend tips had come into Boise Police from the Tri Cities area.
Boise Police had reached out to law enforcement agencies all over country, especially in the northwest, including the U.S. Border Patrol and police agencies in Canada, although there was no specific information the the pair was headed out of the country. Boise Police also were also working with police in Dallas, Texas where the suspect Jones grew up, as well as to police in Birmingham, Alabama where Jones most recently lived. Further Background:
Boise Police detectives believe Saddie Elaine Julian, 14 and Morgan Douglas Jones, 27 developed a relationship while playing the internet game "World of Warcraft"
. This interactive science fiction game allows participants to have voice to voice contact. The Runaway:
Detectives have found no witnesses to the runaway Saddie Julian and the suspect Morgan Jones actually meeting up, but officers had strong evidence that Saddie left her home apparox. 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 28th and met Jones a short distance away on Ustick Ave. Detectives had tracked the pair to Eastern Washington last Friday. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
Boise Police had also enlisted the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center was able to help Boise detectives track leads that came in from other parts of the country.
- Original Release -
Boise, Sat. May 31, 2008 - Boise Police are asking the public's help in finding a teenage runaway police believe is endangered.
Runaway: Saddie "Elaine" Julian, 14, Boise, Idaho
Saddie is described as 5-feet tall, 90 pounds, light/pale skin, long red hair, and a thin build.
Suspect: Morgan Douglas Jones, 27, Birmingham, Alabama
Felony Kidnapping Warrant: Ada County Prosecutors have issued a felony kidnapping warrant for Jones.
Jones is described a 5'9", 160 pounds, shoulder length red hair, with light/pale skin. He was last seen clean shaven.
Possible Suspect Vehicle: a bright yellow 2008 Chevy Aveo, Alabama license plates OMGROFL
What Police Believe Happened:
It's believed the man and teen met and developed a relationship while playing an internet game. Police believe the man drove to Boise from Alabama and picked up the teen approx. 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, May 28th. Investigators believe their last known location was Eastern Washington.
Boise Police have issued a law enforcement alert to all surrounding states and Alabama. Boise Police detectives are working closely with other local, state, and federal law enforcement to local Saddie and Jones.
"Our priority is finding Saddie and making sure she's safe," said Boise Police Lt. Alan Cavener. "Her family is understandably very concerned. We hope to find her soon and be able to tell her family she's okay."
Anyone who may know the whereabout of Saddie Julian or Morgan Douglas Jones is urged to contact Boise Police through Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.