SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The case of a missing 14-year-old girl now listed as missing with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The sheriff still believes the teen and Mark Edwards, 44, are in the Springfield area
investigators told 2 NEWS the teen left her house willingly Tuesday night with Edwards, a man she’s been known to be previously involved with and is facing charges for that relationship.
Around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies saw a dark colored sedan with license plates matching the car Edwards was reportedly driving near the motel.
Deputies caught up with the car and attempted to stop it. The driver refused to stop and deputies gave chase.
Deputies eventually lost sight of the vehicle as it sped through several area streets.
Shortly thereafter, police got a call that the car wrecked at Rebert Pike and Cottage Drive and the occupants ran from the vehicle. A K-9 search of the area turned up nothing.
Deputies obtained a warrant for Edwards shortly after the pursuit and crash.
Investigators said they found items belonging to Edwards and the girl when they searched the motel room.
“We didn’t issue an Amber Alert because it didn’t meet the criteria,” explained Clark county Sheriff Gene Kelly. Kelly issued a Missing and Endangered Person alert.
Edwards had a pretrial conference in court yesterday, and a trial was to begin for him in Clark County Court on Monday for a kidnapping and rape charges stemming to a September 2013 incident that triggered an Amber Alert for the same girl.
In that incident, deputies caught up with Edwards and the teen after about 90 minutes. Deputies said the pair was found in an SUV that was packed for a camping trip. Investigators said there was camping equipment and a cooler full of food in the vehicle as if the pair were planning to remain under the radar for several days.
At the time, the teen’s mother told 2 NEWS her daughter left a letter saying she wanted to be with Edwards. She said her daughter was “blinded by love.”