Jonataon Carson is the man that police believe was involved with 14-year-old Aubrey Gardner’s disappearance, who was missing from her Surprise, AZ home as of Saturday, and was found with Carson late Sunday.
Gardner has since been returned to her family, unharmed. Carson is currently at the Mesquite Detention center, awaiting a hearing.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Carson Has an Outstanding Felony Warrant For Deserting Military Service
Police say that Carson currently has an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest, after the 21-year-old deserted military service. It’s not yet clear what type of service Carson was connected to, or how recently he deserted his post.
Carson’s last known residence is in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The nearest cross streets where Carson and Gardner may last have been seen are Cactus and Reems roads, per ABC.
Gardner and Carson met one another online, according to Gardner’s aunt, and had been speaking for around a month leading up to her disappearance.
2. Carson Is Believed to Be Suicidal, & It’s Unclear How Gardner & Carson Know One Another
Though they have not disclosed their reasoning for this, police have said that they believe Carson to be suicidal.
Carson is described to be five foot nine, around 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
3. Prior to Her Disappearance, Gardner Was Last Seen Wearing a Lilo & Stitch T-Shirt
According to ABC15, Gardner was reported missing from her home on Saturday, September 8. She is five foot seven, 110 pounds, and has long brown hair and brown eyes. She was reportedly seen last wearing a Lilo & Stitch t-shirt, blue jeans, and black skateboard shoes, which have roses on the toes.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Gardner’s disappearance was characterized as an abduction.
4. Gardner & Carson Were Found at a Traffic Stop on Sunday
Both Gardner and Carson were found unharmed at a traffic stop in Nevada, according to Fox 10 Phoenix. The Amber alert has been canceled, and Carson was arrested on the site.
Gardner and Carson were found in Mesquite, Nevada, which is 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
5. Carson Is Being Held on Three Misdemeanor Charges
Carson was arrested on three felony and misdemeanor charges on Sunday, including battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. He also will face his outstanding warrant for military desertion.
Carson is now being held at the Mesquite detention center, pending his initial hearing.