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After Missing Girl Found, Investigation Begins

A 13-year-old Garrett Hill resident was found in Washington, DC with Ashley Ryan Hareford, 20, of Virginia.

*The victim's name and photos have been removed from this story because of the details of the case.

The investigation into how and why a 13-year-old girl traveled with Ashley Ryan Hareford, 20, of Grottoes, Virginia, from her home in Garrett Hill to Washington D.C. has begun.

The girl was found Tuesday around 7 p.m. as she and Hareford stepped off of a Mega Bus in D.C. She had last been seen by family at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Lt. Christopher Flanagan of the Radnor Township Police Department expressed relief at a Tuesday night press conference that she had been found apparently safe and sound, but said, "the investigation starts now."

Police want to look into Hareford's background as well as interview him. He is facing a charge of Corruption of Minors, which police gleaned from an online exchange. That charge was the way they could start into motion the chase for the duo, Flanagan said. More charges may be filed.

Radnor Police received an anonymous tip that the pair were seen near 30th Street Station, one of the locations from where Mega Bus operates. They were taken into custody "without incident," as they stepped off of their bus in D.C. Flanagan said they may have been heading for Virginia.

They reportedly met online.

"We plan to investigate all aspects of this crime," he said.

On Sunday, a Radnor police officer spoke with Hareford, who was outside near the girl's home. Her father told the press Tuesday that he found out his daughter knew Hareford because she was charging his phone in her home.

He said he spoke with Hareford about why he was in Pennsylvania. Hareford said he was looking for work, but he said he was dubious.

"It's disgusting," he said.

Gary December 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
What's there to investigate. The guy's a child molester and took this kid across state lines for who knows what purpose. There should be some other charges that he can be charged with.

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