A 21-year-old San Antonio man has been arrested and charged in her disappearance.
Jada Simelton was reported missing from her home on October 23. At the time, her family believed the 15-year-old boy had run off with an elderly man she may have talked to on the internet. .
The video above is from an earlier report.
ABC13 spoke with Jada’s father, Marcus Simelton, in November, who hired his own investigator to investigate his daughter’s disappearance, along with the efforts of Houston police and Texas EquuSearch.
He said an investigator recovered a string of messages deleted from the Skype app on Jada’s school computer that showed her communicating with a man.
The messages reveal that there is a plan for the man to come pick her up.
“The last messages were his telling her to delete theirs.” Here’s how you do it, and I’ll meet you at the gas station, and we’ll leave,” Marcus explained.
Marcus is a military veteran and a strict self-identified father who doesn’t let his daughter use his phone or personal computer.
Under an arrest warrant in San Antonio, 21-year-old Napier Owens was arrested on December 22 and charged with child molestation, indecent contact with a child and harboring a runaway child. He received a sum of $325,000.
Owens is believed to have been found in a camp at Pytel Park with a runaway teenager from Houston. He told authorities he was trying to “rescue” her, the arrest warrant states.
Owens is said to have waived his Miranda rights and told authorities he knew the victim was underage. He also told police that he knew she had been reported as a missing child.
He said he drove to Houston with his sister to pick up the victim, the document said. He is also said to have admitted to having sex with the child and taking nude videos of her on his mobile phone.
Owens told authorities that police had searched his apartment in the past, but he hid Jada so they couldn’t find her, according to the subpoena. He said they met three or four years ago in Killeen, Texas.
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