Missing Girl Found Safe

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A 10-year-old Stillwater, Oklahoma, girl missing since Friday has turned up safe in the Houston, Texas, area.

And the southwest Missouri man accused of kidnapping her is under arrest.

FBI spokesman Gary Johnson says Shawnda Cheney was found shortly after 2 a.m. at a trailer home in Pearland, Texas.

She appeared to be in good condition but was taken to a hospital for tests.

Johnson says 56-year-old Presley Hood of Branson was arrested without incident. He's scheduled for arraignment in federal court in Houston.

Shawnda left her home to walk to the friend's house, planning to spend the night, but never arrived.

The FBI says the girl befriended Hood about three months ago.

Her mother has allowed Hood to take Shawnda with him to Branson for visits on some weekends. But the mother says Shawnda was not allowed to visit Hood this past weekend.


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