An Amber Alert in Illinois was canceled today after missing 13-year-old Cleo Younce was found safe in Missouri. Her alleged abductor, 6-foot-8 Nicholas Hurley, 21, was taken into custody in relation to her abduction, reports NBC Chicago. It’s reported that Younce was taken from her home in Champaign, Illinois, on Thursday, September 5.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. Hurley Was a Friend of the Girl’s Family
Another mutual friend of the two made a status update relating to the search for Younce:
2. Younce Told Her Mother She Was Being Kidnapped
Younce reportedly called her mother shortly after she disappeared to tell her that she had been abducted. Hurley was quickly identified as a suspect in the disappearance, according to the City of Champaign website.
3. Hurley Lives 200 Miles From Younce
Hurley is a native of Danville, Indiana, whereas Younce was last seen in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois. The towns are around 200 miles apart, across state lines. Due to Younce’s age (13) making her a minor, Hurley can be charged with a federal offense for taking her across state lines as the pair are not related.
4. Younce’s Mother Kept Her Facebook Updated During the Search
Younce’s mother regularly updated her Facebook detailing her fears for her daughter’s well-being.
5. Hurley is 6-foot-8 & Weighs 300 Pounds
Relative to the 5-foot-8 Cleo Younce, Hurley presents an imposing figure, hulking at 6-foot-8 and 300 pounds. As of September 5, police in Champaign, Illinois, were acting on information that Hurley and Younce were still in the area. Residents were told to stay vigilant in looking for Hurley’s 2000 bronze Chevrolet suburban. The pair were eventually found 300 miles south in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. KFVS reports that the pair found walking out of a Wal-Mart in the town.