After an extensive investigation, a 13-year-old, who went missing June 24, has been found in Oregon, U.S.
Several parties were involved in the investigation, including various specialized Edmonton Police Service units, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams, Northern Alberta ICE Unit, RCMP, Abbotsford Police, US Customs and Border Patrol, CBSA, Gladstone Police (Oregon), Oregon City Police and the FBI.
She was located Saturday morning.
A 41-year-old Oregon male suspect is in custody and will be facing charges of child luring and additional charges may follow as the investigation progresses. Lila has been taken to a local children’s hospital for precautionary examination. Her family was notified earlier this morning and arrangements are being made to return Lila safely back to her family.
“Many may be wondering why an AMBER Alert was not issued in this case. At the initial stages of this investigation, there was no evidence to suggest she was with someone, so this file did not meet the criteria,” said Staff Sgt. James Vanderland of Edmonton Police Service’s historical crimes section.
“An AMBER Alert was being prepared once we confirmed the credible tip of the suspect’s identity, his location, and his vehicle description; however, we were advised that the suspect was no longer in Canada so an AMBER Alert was no longer feasible.”
The EPS thanks the public for their help during this investigation and the family requests privacy at this time.