13-year-old U.S. girl who ran away from school found in Mexico where she met man who befriended her onlineBy Tanya Clark 10:55 AM December 6, 2017
Parents made a desperate plea for help with locating their daughter who left their home for school but never made it to class.
Police in Texas worked with the FBI to locate 13-year-old Ashlee Hattermann after she skipped school.
Authorities posted photos of the girl and asked the public for help in locating her.
The girl’s parents, Keith and his wife Tiffany Hattermann, said that several months ago, they discovered that Ashlee had been exchanging sexually explicit messages and photos with a man.
The girl told her mother that he was a 29-year-old man who lives in Mexico.
The couple said they took away their daughter’s phone and turned it over to the Cyber Crimes Division of the sheriff’s office.
However, that did not stop their daughter from communicating with the man behind her parents’ backs by using social media, messaging apps, and through phone calls.
Keith said that after Ashlee disappeared, they found notes in her room in which she called a guy “daddy” and herself “baby girl.”
To the horror of her parents, Ashlee wrote: “Daddy owns my body and my soul,” over and over on the entire sheet of paper.
The communications lasted about one year before the 13-year-old agreed to go to Mexico to meet him.
Authorities said that the 13-year-old traveled from her home in Katy to Laredo on Friday morning, and she crossed into Mexico late Friday.
She was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, long brown hair, and blue eyes.
Authorities discovered that Ashlee had crossed the border to Mexico alone. She was tracked down and found safe in Mexico two days later, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.