(LAMAR COUNTY, Ga.) — Authorities have found two teenage girls from Georgia who apparently were taken in the middle of the night.
Amber Henry, 16, and Kirsten Kamradt, 14, went missing from their homes early Wednesday, said Capt. Todd Pippin of Lamar County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Pippin, U.S. marshals and the FBI found the girls in Tennessee.
“Amber was released at a gas station and called for help,” Pippin said. “Kirsten was still in the suspect’s vehicle. Detectives found the vehicle in Hamblen County and pulled it over moments ago.”
Kirsten was picked up by Joshua Crowe, 19, in a white Buick around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Pippin said. Dustin Elliot, 19, was with Crowe at the time. Detectives said what started off as a joy ride turned ugly when the men forced the girls across state lines.
“We are just happy they’ve been found and the families can have peace,” Pippin said.
Kirsten’s mother, Jennifer Kamradt, discovered her daughter missing when she woke up.
“I woke up to get her to school at about 7 in the morning — she wasn’t there,” Kamradt said.
The girls know the two men through social networking websites, said Sgt. Mark Barry, also with Lamar County Detective Unit. According to Barry, one of the men may have a psychological condition that put the girls in danger.
Both men face kidnapping charges and remain in custody at this time.
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