VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy who was looking for a 13-year-old Oak Hill girl, who disappeared after school, went searching from motel to motel until he found her in a dark motel room with a 22-year-old Orlando man she met online, officials said Monday.
When Deputy Royce James entered the doorway of the room at the All Suite Motel at 335 N. Ridgewood Ave. in Edgewater, the girl ran into his arms and gave him a hug, according to officials.
The suspect, 22-year-old Tyler Thompson, was taken into custody on a charge of interference with child custody, with the Edgewater Police Department adding a charge of traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child, officials said.
Additional charges are pending.
Tyler Thompson (Volusia Sheriff’s Office)
Deputies responded to the missing child report around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, after the girl’s grandmother said she never came home, and never went to her basketball game after school, either. Deputy James started investigating, and spoke to a friend of the missing girl, who said the victim was planning on going to a motel with someone she met online. The friend said she thought the man’s name