Man arrested for abduction after missing Rockbridge County girl, 15, found in Michigan

He was arrested on an outstanding abduction warrant from the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office

LEXINGTON, Va.UPDATE - June 29, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

A 19-year-old has been arrested after a missing 15-year-old girl from Rockbridge County was found in Michigan, according to the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies were initially alerted that the young girl was missing from the Goose Creek Road area of Rockbridge County on Monday, June 27.

During the course of the investigation, deputies and investigators were able to conduct several social media/internet site/internet service type search warrants to help find the missing teen.

The digital evidence led investigators to contact the Kalamazoo Police Department in Michigan for more information on the young girl’s whereabouts.

On Wednesday, June 29 shortly after midnight, police from the Kalamazoo Police Department went to a home in the Hawley Street area of their jurisdiction.

Once there, they were able to find the missing juvenile and take her into custody.

Authorities arrested Matthew Kyle Suarez, a 19-year-old man from the Texel Drive area of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on an outstanding abduction warrant from the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

“Due to the swift and diligent work of our deputies, investigators, and the Kalamazoo Police Department, our team was able to quickly locate the missing juvenile and arrest a suspect before any more harm could take place,” said Chief Deputy Tony McFaddin.


ORIGINAL STORY

She was last seen Monday at her home in the Goose Creek area of Rockbridge County, authorities said.

It is unclear at this time if Leighia is in danger.

If you have information about where Leighia is or about this investigation, contact the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office at 540-463-7328.

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