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Missing Alamance girl, 13, found safe

Posted July 27, 2011

— A 13-year-old Alamance County girl who went missing Monday and sparked a multi-state search by the FBI, state and local authorities has been found safe, a sheriff's office spokesman said Wednesday.

Alexandria Brooke Cagle, of Snow Camp, was last seen around 8 a.m. Monday. A sibling saw her leave the house and get into a white, 1998 Ford Escort with a man, authorities said. Family members later discovered that thousands of dollars were missing from the home.

Authorities identified that man as 18-year-old Tyler Ross Cole, of Morgantown, W. Va., who Cagle had recently met on the Internet.

Felony warrants were issued for Cole's arrest on charges of kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and felonious larceny.

On Wednesday afternoon, the two were spotted driving south on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg, S.C., by a tow truck driver from Shelby, N.C.

The tow truck driver called 911 and a Spartanburg County deputy stopped Cole's car. He was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge and was being held in the Spartanburg County jail Wednesday. It wasn't clear when he would be turned over to Alamance County deputies.

A spokesman for the Alamance County Sheriff's Office said that deputies left "no stone unturned" in the search for Cagle and tracked down leads in West Virginia and South Carolina.

An Amber Alert was not issued for Cagle because authorities believe she left willingly and was not abducted.


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  • twc Jul 27, 2011

    Punishment? How about counseling? For her and him. We really don't know what either of their maturity levels are. Or even if they done anything other than run off together.

    We are judging based on man-made rules, not nature's rules.

    Bless all you saints! You think you've inherited the earth.

  • luckys313 Jul 27, 2011

    So whats her punishment for sparking a three state manhunt and the cost it ran up?

  • Queen Diva Jul 27, 2011

    HATS OFF TO THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER!!!!! He is a real HERO. (Not taking anything away from LEO's. We know they cannot be everywhere all the time).

  • dollibug Jul 27, 2011

    Well.....I am SO THANKFUL that this young girl was found ALIVE...and I hope that her parents sit her down and tell you just what could have happened to her...I do NOT understand people these days....and why did she think it was ok to leave with someone she perhaps had not met except for the internet...

  • sammyg Jul 27, 2011

    Ohhhh girl...you are in SO much trouble!

  • deduce Jul 27, 2011

    @RebelYell55 & Desiderata: Yeah, because no one ever ran away from home or rebelled in any way in the "old days"

  • rescuefan Jul 27, 2011

    "If she left of her own will, please have her fixed when you find her. We need to break the chain.

    Wow, really? It's very scary that people actually think this way.

    She's 13 years old for goodness sakes! When I was that age, I was reading romance novels and dreaming about the man who would come along and sweep me off my feet. Girls that age don't get reality. They don't understand the full consequences of their actions. And I seriously doubt she thought she was tough and above the law.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 27, 2011

    That's why they need to bring back the old fashion wood shed, these "feel" good method of child raising ain't cutting it.

  • Desiderata Jul 27, 2011

    Bet she though she was tough and above the law! Lot of teenagers think of only them selves and NOT of what is right or wrong,,,only of "what I want to do " as they are of the "me " generation.. BOTH need someone to let them in on the real deal...SHAME ON BOTH OF THEM!!!!!!!!!

  • slappywhite Jul 27, 2011

    there goes the neighborhood