NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 13-year-old Louisiana girl at the center of a nationwide search was found in Nashville earlier this week, according to investigators.
The St. John Sheriff’s Office said the child was located during a search conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Metro Nashville Police Department, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service.
The young girl’s family reported her missing after they said she was kidnapped from her home in LaPlace, Louisiana, outside of New Orleans, on June 20, investigators explained.
Metro police said the 13-year-old girl had been located Monday at an apartment on McMurray Drive, off Nolensville Pike, belonging to Orlin Funez-Flores, 28. The child reported she was abducted from a Walmart somewhere in Nashville and raped by strangers, before she was able to escape and call Funez-Flores, according to a warrant.
During the investigation, detectives said they discovered video footage on Funez-Flores’ phone of him “having sexual intercourse” with the 13-year-old girl. He was arrested and booked into the Metro jail Monday on a charge of aggravated statutory rape.
The investigation is ongoing to determine how the child ended up in Nashville.