Missing teen from Missouri found in South Dakota after chase

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EDMUNDSON, Mo. (AP) -

Authorities have found a missing 16-year-old suburban St. Louis girl safe and apprehended a family friend whom police described as "physically violent" after a pursuit, crash and search in South Dakota.

Police in Edmundson, Missouri, said in a news release that the teen and 26-year-old Christopher Johnson were taken into custody Wednesday. No charges were immediately filed.

Police say the teen was last seen Tuesday night leaving her uncle's home with Johnson and classified the case as a "child abduction," although not a forcible one. Police said Johnson had previously escaped from custody.

After Wednesday's chase, the suspect's vehicle was spotted wrecked and unoccupied in the South Dakota town of Kadoka. The teen and Johnson were found after a search. At one point, they were believed to be near Chicago.


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Authorities are searching for a 16-year-old girl who was last seen leaving a suburban St. Louis home with a family friend with a long criminal history.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has issued an "endangered person alert" for Gabriella Sarah Yonko, whose phone has been detected east of Chicago. She was reported missing Tuesday night from her uncle's home in Edmundson.

Capt. Jeff Heisse says she was seen getting a black 2008 Lexus LS with the man, whose criminal history includes escaping from custody. The vehicle has a Washington license plate BEC5322.

Heisse says she wasn't taken forcibly but that police aren't sure that she is still with the man voluntarily. Heisse says the man has family in the Chicago area.

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