Missing 15-year-old girl, man located in Portland
PORTLAND - A 15-year-old girl discovered missing from her home in New Sharon was located Wednesday evening, after she and the 30-year-old man she was traveling with were taken into custody.
Opal Swearingen, 15, of New Sharon, was reported missing on June 12. In the course of the missing person investigation, police said they believed Swearingen was in the company of Charles Fontenot, 30, of Lewiston. Before Wednesday evening, they were reportedly last seen together in the Lewiston area.
An arrest warrant was issued for Fontenot in June, charging him with sexual abuse of a minor and criminal restraint.
Franklin County Sheriff's Department Lt. Niles Yeaton released a brief statement Thursday, announcing that both Swearingen and Fontenot had been located and taken into custody in Portland. No other details were available at this time, Yeaton added.
"We wish to thank all the law enforcement agencies that assisted in the safe return of Opal," Yeaton said in the release, adding that the department wanted to thank the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children for their "prompt response to getting the information public."
Yeaton did later say that Fontenot spent the evening in the Cumberland County Jail and was picked up today by FCSD Det. David St. Laurent and Maine State Police Det. Randall Keaten to be transported to Franklin County Detention Center for processing.
Swearingen was returned to the custody of state, Yeaton said. She had been in a foster home prior to her disappearance.
More information will be posted about this when it becomes available.