Pelham PD shares update regarding man involved in 13-year-old’s disappearance

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PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Pelham Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office representatives and FBI will host a joint press conference regarding the disappearance and recovery of a missing 13-year-old girl.

She was found Thursday. A suspect, 24-year-old Rodrigo Ortega allegedly picked up the juvenile Tuesday night in Jefferson County after meeting her online on social media. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Ortega told the girl he was 19.

Ortega has been charged with second-degree rape, enticing a child and interference with child custody.

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