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Missing Alamance girl, 13, found safe

Posted July 27, 2011 1:44 p.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2011 5:06 p.m. EDT

— 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.