Missing NC teen girl found safe, man in custody, police say

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) — Elizabeth City police have a 28-year-old man in custody who they said earlier was suspected of abducting a 14-year-old girl overnight.

Kaniya McMurrin (Elizabeth City Police Department)
Kaniya McMurrin (Elizabeth City Police Department)

Kaniya McMurrin was found safe on Monday afternoon after police say a call was received around 3:50 a.m. Monday reporting her abduction in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue.

McMurrin’s mother reportedly told police that her daughter was not in bed around 1 a.m.

Police say the family began searching for McMurrin — and found her asleep in the back seat of the suspect’s car at 3 a.m.

Johnathan Wendell Ward (WAVY)
Johnathan Wendell Ward (WAVY)

The suspect, who was identified as 28-year-old Johnathan Wendell Ward, of Weldon, was also asleep in the car. Police say the family began banging on the windows to wake them up.

Ward then reportedly drove off with McMurrin in the backseat.

Police say felony warrants were filed for abduction of a child. Police said it was unknown if McMurrin and Ward are related.

 

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