FBI reports missing Rutherford County teen found safe in Oklahoma

Aubrey Acree (WLOS photo)

The FBI and Rutherford County Sheriff's Office reported a 13-year-old who went missing Sunday was found safe in Oklahoma.

Aubrey Joelle Acree was found safe in Checotah, Oklahoma just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The FBI reports in a press release troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and special agents and task force officers with FBI Oklahoma City Field Office found Acree and arrested 23-year-old Jacob Gardea of Albuquerque, NM. Gardea is facing charges from the state of North Carolina for Abduction of a Child. Additional charges could be pending, the FBI reports.

The search began after she went missing Sunday. The FBI joined the investigation Wednesday.

Investigative work by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the SBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles led to the exact identity of a vehicle of interest. Additional investigative work helped pinpoint the location of the vehicle and additional law enforcement partners were deployed to successfully recover the victim more than 900 miles away from her home.

The FBI reports Acree's family was notified she was found.

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