CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Clark County Sheriff says a manhunt for a fugitive and teenaged girl ended as he hoped, safely.
Springfield police took Mark Edwards, 44, into custody Friday night just after 9:30 p.m. The girl who officers say left with him voluntarily Tuesday night is fine.
An all out manhunt was more than 72 hours old when the capture was made.
Kelly says two people spotted Edwards and the teen at a gas station near the intersection of Selma Road and Sunset Drive. They told officers they do not know them personally, but were trying to get Edwards to turn himself in to police. They tipped police who spotted the van at an apartment complex on East John Street.
Officers stopped the van and found Edwards and the girl in the back. They took the two into custody without incident.
The girl’s mother and brother arrived at the sheriff’s department, where she was ecstatic that her daughter was found safely. Edwards’ attorney was also there as he was questioned by police. He was walked to the county jail shortly after 11:00 p.m. Friday. The sheriff says the girl faces charges of inducing panic and complicity to interfere with custody. Charges against Edwards are unclear, but bond will be set Sunday.
The three day search had all the makings of a classic police manhunt. The girl’s photo made national news and she was listed on a national web site for missing and exploited children. Sheriff Kelly called on the FBI and U.S. Marshals to join the search.
We got our hands on surveillance video that police say showed Edwards buying hair dye from a Springfield CVS. That after the sheriff warned that the girl might have dyed her hair dark and questioned which of two pairs of glasses she was wearing.
Edwards was scheduled into court next week for a previous attempted flight with the girl in tow. The September 30, 2013 incident ended with him charged with kidnapping and rape.
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