MONTROSE, Mo. — Authorities say a 13-year-old girl from Montrose, Mo., has been located and is safe.
Hannah Sue Kennish, 13, was found outside Albuquerque, N.M. during a traffic stop after the Amber Alert was issued, according to Henry County, Mo. authorities.
In a briefing Monday afternoon, authorities said they discovered Hannah and the suspect, Raymond Vallia, 55, had communicated on social media, beginning about four months ago. Investigators discovered in her social media accounts that Hannah's meeting with Vallia on Sunday was likely a planned event.
"Just met over social media," said Major Rob Hills, deputy sheriff of Henry County. "She had several different accounts going from what we can tell at this point, where they were conversing back and forth."
When asked if Hannah knew the man's age, Major Hills said initially she probably did not.
"Later on as their relationship online progressed, we think that probably he did share that information with her," Major Hills said.
Hannah disappeared from her Montrose, Missouri, home sometime between 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say that the back door to the house was found open by the teen's mother, and a search of the area came up empty. Montrose is about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, between Butler and Clinton. (Scroll down page for map.) About 400 people live in Montrose.
The FBI is with Vallia in New Mexico. Henry County prosecutors filed one charge of child kidnapping against Vallia on Monday. He's being held by authorities in New Mexico on a $250,000 cash-only bond and is awaiting extradition back to Missouri. The Henry County Sheriff's Office also says that federal charges may be filed sometime this week.