A teen reported missing in Kentucky was found alive in South Carolina this month, more than two months after authorities say she was kidnapped and held captive.
According to WRDW, Saluda County authorities responded to a mobile home park on Tuesday after the victim’s family shared a tip regarding the 16-year-old girl’s whereabouts.
Police indicate the teen, who is in the U.S. illegally, was able to contact her family via social media. Her parents reportedly live in Guatemala.
When officers arrived at the location, they were reportedly met by 24-year-old Florencio Gomez Saiche, who initially indicated no one else was inside the residence, as WYFF reported.
As he spoke, however, reports show the officers heard someone else and soon located the girl in a bedroom.
She had reportedly been held at the location for the duration of her disappearance, which police believe began on Dec. 7.
Saluda County Sheriff John C. Perry indicated that her alleged captor used her immigration status and other factors in an attempt to manipulate the teen.
Authorities believe Saiche is in some way associated with the victim’s sister.
“He used intimidation factors, you know, because of the status of our victim,” Perry said.
As of the latest reports available, the girl was being held until she could be reunited with family.
Saiche is expected to face multiple criminal charges including kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Investigators indicate additional counts are likely to be added.
He was reportedly denied bond after he was arrested and booked into jail.
[Featured image: Florencio Gomez Saiche/Saluda County Sheriff’s Office]