On January 13, a Tennessee 14-year-old was seen in her Madisonville home for the last time.
The girl was nowhere to be seen when her parents went into her bedroom the next morning, according to Fox17.
Sheets and some of her clothes were missing from the room, leading police to believe she may have been a runaway.
After more than two weeks missing, police located the teen alive on Thursday in Wisconsin. Authorities said she did run away in order to escape a bad situation at home.
Now, her adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, has been charged with rape.
Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones stated that the 14-year-old is healthy and doing well. He said at a press conference:
“She is safe she is in custody, and that’s the best outcome for the the situation.”
Pruitt was arrested and charged with rape on Thursday. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement:
The Monroe County (TN) Sheriff’s Office has release the following information. Randall Pruitt has been arrested and charged with rape. No other information can be released at this time due to compromising the integrity of the investigation. More details will be released when the investigation is complete.
A large search, which involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ensued after the teen’s disappearance. It remains unclear how she ended up in Wisconsin.
Pruitt spoke to media and posted about the search for his adoptive daughter on social media during the time she was missing.
He said at a press conference:
“It’s like having your soul ripped out of your body. You can’t think, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t rest — life has just ceased for us since she left.”
The day before his arrest, he posted on Facebook about the teen’s story being featured on “Good Morning America.” He wrote:
“We made it on gma!”
It’s currently unclear if more charges are forthcoming. According to WKRN, the sheriff said there’s a “possibility of multiple charges with multiple people being involved.”
Pruitt was the teen’s adoptive father for “several years,” Jones said.