Amber Alert Issued for 13 Year Old Kathryn Botelho Missing Since 7/24/13 in Portsmouth, RI (Update: Kathryn Botelho Found Alive) (Update: NJ Man Daniel Berger Arrested, Faces Sex Crime Charges)
An Amber Alert has been issued for 13 year old Kathryn Botelho who has been missing since Wednesday morning, July 24, 2013 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Botelho’s mother reported the girl missing Wednesday morning. According to the State police, Kathryn Botelho was last seen leaving her house at 59 Ferry Landing Circle with an unknown man driving a red Chrysler. Police say a witness saw someone matching Botelho’s description leave the family home with a white male described as being 40-45 years old, unshaven, 5-foot 9-inches tall with a thin build. The car was described as a Chrysler Concord or Sebring, with faded paint and possible New Jersey license plates.
Kathryn Botelho – Missing
Kathryn Botelho, 13, of 59 Ferry Landing Circle, was described as four feet, eleven inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. She wore a Alex and Ani bracelet. Her clothing was not described.
Interim police chief Jeffrey Furtado said, “These types of cases can be anything but routine when it’s a person of this age” who had been gone so long.
State troopers with K-9 dogs joined Portsmouth officers as they searched the area.
UPDATE I: An update to the description of missing Kathryn Botelho:
Police say the victim, Kathyrn Botelho is approximately 4’11” with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black skirt and a blue sapphire Alex and Ani bracelet.
“According to the witness, the young female was seen leaving the area with the male in an older model red Chrysler Concord or Sebring with faded paint and possibly NJ registration,” said Interim Chief of Police Jeffrey Furtado.
“According to the witness, it appeared to be a voluntarily departure,” Furtado added during a press conference Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“She has not been seen or heard from since about 9 a.m. this morning.”
Kathryn also left without a cell phone, but with an iPod and some clothing, according to the interim police chief.
Portsmouth police issued a CodeRed and Amber Alert.
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If anyone has any information concerning this case is asked to contact the Portsmouth police at 401-683-0300 or Rhode Island State Police at 401-462-6237.
UPDATE I: Missing RI girl found; Amber Alert canceled.
Police say they’ve found a 13-year-old girl reported missing from her home in Portsmouth.
A Portsmouth Police spokesman said early Thursday that the girl was found alive and that an Amber Alert issued for her has been canceled. He says authorities will issue a statement with additional details later in the day.
UPDATE II: 27 year old Daniel Berger from New Jersey arrested and faces sex crime charges in connection with the abduction of 13 year old Kathryn Botelho.
A Passaic County man has been arrested in the connection with a missing 13-year-old girl from Rhode Island.
Daniel Berger, 27, of the Haskell section of Wanaque, has been charged with one count of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
The girl was found by FBI agents at 12:30 this morning after information led them to Berger’s apartment on Ringwood Avenue in Haskell, the Providence Journal reported.
She appeared disheveled and cried “Please help me,” according to the Journal.
Agents questioned the man in the apartment who told them Berger was his roommate and that he had brought the girl there.