Tennessee teen missing for 2 weeks found safe in Madison; adoptive father charged with rape

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. -- A 14-year-old girl who disappeared from Tennessee more than two weeks ago has been found alive in Madison and her father is now charged with rape, authorities said Thursday.

FBI Milwaukee tweeted the following on Friday morning, Feb. 1:

"FBI thanks all of our partners at Dane County SO, Madison PD and Wisconsin DCI for their assistance in locating missing Tennessee teenager (girl's name), at 8:00 pm on 1/31/19 in Madison, WI."

The girl is "doing fine," Sheriff Tommy Jones of Monroe County, Tennessee, said Thursday.

Randall Pruitt, who adopted the girl, was arrested Thursday in Tennessee and charged with rape, the sheriff said. "(The girl) would be the victim in that," Jones said.

The investigation continues, he said, and there is a possibility other people were involved and could be charged.

Asked if there is a connection between the girl and the residence where she was found, Jones told reporters his office does not believe there is any relation to the person living in the Wisconsin home.

"At this point we are still investigating the responsibility of multiple other charges coming forth, with multiple people involved. And truthfully that's about all we can say at this time. But she is safe, she is in custody, so that's a, that's a very good ending to this," said Jones.

The FBI office in Milwaukee tweeted Friday morning, Feb. 1 thanking the Dane County Sheriff's Office, Madison Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation for helping to find the girl.

We are not naming the girl because she is the alleged victim of sexual assault.

Pruitt is being held with no bond and his first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's online records.

The girl had last been seen January 13 at her home in Madisonville, in eastern Tennessee between Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Officials have not said how she got to Madison or what her relationship is to the owner of the home where she was found.

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