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Merced Man Arrested Accused of Taking Girl Across Country

A 27-year-old Merced man is locked up tonight, accused of taking a 14-year-old girl across the country.
A 27-year-old Merced man is locked up tonight,  accused of taking a 14-year-old girl across the country.

Deputies say 27-year-old Nathan Salas took the 14-year old girl from her hometown of Connecticut to the Sacramento International Airpor…in less than 24 hours.

The girl's mom is speaking out about the the terrifying ordeal.

She says her daughter is a “straight a” student about to begin magnet school.

But Monday, she disappeared...leaving behind a 30-page letter that read like a suicide note.

Deputies launched a massive search.

The girl's phone led them to Salas.

They found Salas with the girl at the Sacramento International
Airport
.

Deputies say the girl developed a relationship with Salas over a
period of months...online.

She met him playing internet games from home.

“She's manipulated brainwashed by him and she had been lying to us for months, and we had no idea,” her mom said.

Deputies say the girl was taken to juvenile hall as a runaway.

Her family is waiting for her safe homecoming.

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