Madelyn Allen, 19, was found after sending an ‘unusual’ text to her parents, which led investigators to find her ‘naked and alive in a man’s basement,’ according to reports.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the student, who attends Snow College, in Ephraim, disappeared on December 13 after meeting up with her alleged kidnapper, Brent Neil Brown, after chatting to him online.
Officials on the case have now claimed that the teenager sent a message to her family a day after vanishing, letting them know that she loved them.
It’s believed that 39-year-old Brown ‘allowed’ the student to send this final text before ‘confiscating’ her phone.
Although this message in itself wasn’t unusual, Allen’s parents, Jonathan and Taunya, instinctively felt concerned.
Sanpete County district attorney Kevin Daniels told People magazine: “I think [Madelyn’s parents] felt it a little odd because there wasn’t more with it.”
When it was confirmed that Allen was officially missing, investigators used cellphone tower information to track down her mobile’s location.
This led them to a small town called Loa which has only 500 residents.
Reportedly, officials scoured the neighbourhood and knocked on doors to ask for information.
When they came to Brown’s door, he apparently refused to let them inside the property. However, a relative who actually owned the home granted them permission.
As they searched the house, investigators reportedly came across Allen’s student ID card and they then located her in the basement.
According to reports, Brown has had numerous charges set against him, including aggravated kidnapping, rape, object rape, and obstruction of justice.
However, Snow College’s police chief, Derek Walk, informed a press conference that Allen’s relationship with the 39-year-old is still being investigated.
He commented: “We don’t know how extensive his relationship or her knowledge of him is thus far.”
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