Police in Tennessee say they have canceled an Amber Alert that was issued for a 14-year-old girl seen with a 41-year-old sex offender after both were found in Virginia.
According to a report from the AP, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday that U.S. Marshals found the teen and Benjamin Shook in Smythe County, Virginia, and took them to the local sheriff’s office.
UPDATE: Hayleigh Wilson, the subject of an AMBER Alert, and Ben Shook, the suspect, have been found in Virginia. More details soon. -JD
— TBI (@TBInvestigation) July 7, 2015
“They were actually in pretty good shape and I think they had a little more to eat than that,” a Smyth County Sheriffs Department information officer said. “Once we got into their backpacks, we found some canned items like oatmeal, so they were eating a little better than apples.”
The agency said the girl left her home in Surgoinsville on June 22 and was spotted the next day a Wal-Mart in Marion, North Carolina, with Shook. Witnesses then reported seeing both on June 24 near a campground in Sugar Grove, Virginia.
The TBI said Shook has an active warrant out of Georgia for failing to register as a sex offender.
The initial Amber Alert for Wilson was sent out on June 23, 2015. The two had been spotted in Smyth County during the first week of July, after the car they were believed to be traveling in was recovered in Grayson County in late June.
Wilson was last seen with Shook in Smyth County during the first week of July and there was an unconfirmed sighting of the pair in Rural Retreat on or around July 1, 2015.
The two reportedly met on an online app called Kik, WTVR.com reported. The station reported that the app is popular for sexting.
Shook has been detained on failing to register as a sex offender, reports FOX.