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Parents’ worst nightmare: Missing girl (13) is found living with man (42) in New York

Independent.ie reporters

Published 17/11/2011 | 12:06

Alexandra Loftis
Alexandra Loftis
Alexandra Loftis with her father

A 13-YEAR-OLD American girl who ran away from home has been found living with a 42-year-old man she met on the internet.

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The family of schoolgirl Alexandra Loftis, known as Allie, mounted a frantic search when she disappeared from her Boston home on Friday November 4.



Her parents Tony and Christina Loftis reported her missing to police and began searching and handing out fliers in their hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts .



Police traced Allie’s movements on a train to Boston and then a bus to New York City.



But for almost two weeks she managed to stay under the radar leading police to believe that she had help from someone she met in an internet chatroom.



She was found yesterday, after a tip, in the New Jersey home of Jorge Garzon who is now facing charges in connection with her disappearance.



The exact circumstances of their online connection and subsequent meeting are still not clear.



Her father, Anthony, told the Boston Sunday Herald he feared his daughter, who took a Peter Pan Bus from South Station to New York with just a crutch and a backpack, had met someone online.



He said she left a note in her bedroom that read, “Don’t look for me. I’m not lost, I’m found.” He also said she shut off her cell phone.



“She’s an adorable young, suburban girl who probably considers herself city sophisticated because she’s been to New York with me a number of times,” Anthony Loftis said of his daughter, an eighth-grader.



He admitted she was unhappy at school but they thought it was just a phase she was going through.



Her parents set up a facebook page when she went missing posting pictures and messages, but she never logged in and kept her cell phone turned off.



Garzon is being held in custody pending charges and is expected to appear in court later today.



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