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Idaho girl found safe in Arizona

JEROME, Idaho - An AMBER Alert issued Monday for a 17-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped out of Jerome, Idaho was canceled early Tuesday. 

Investigators with the Jerome County Sheriff's Office said they believed Sandra Rios-Chavez was forcibly kidnapped by 18-year-old Miguel Rodriguez-Perez on Sunday around 6 p.m.

Idaho State Police said Rios-Chavez was last seen in the Wendy's parking lot at 2816 S. Lincoln Ave in Jerome. 

Monday night, police in Surprise, Arizona found the vehicle the two were believed to be traveling in. Officers tried to pull it over, but said the car drove off. It was later found abandoned. 

Tuesday morning, the Surprise Police Dept. posted that Sandra Rios-Chavez had been located and was waiting to be reunited with her family. Officers said Miguel Rodriguez-Perez had been taken into police custody. 

Police did not provide anymore details as to how the two were found. 

According to ABC15 in Arizona, authorities said Rios-Chavez had an order of protection filed against Rodriguez-Perez, and that he had threatened and assaulted her in the past. The Arizona Dept. of Transportation said Rodrguez-Perez has contacts in Mexico, indicating he may have been heading there before he was arrested. 


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