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15-year-old kidnapped girl found safe

A 15-year-old Montgomery County girl has been found safe in Alabama and a man has been arrested in the case, according to authorities in Charlotte.

The girl was reported missing from her home in Troy, about 60 miles northeast of Charlotte, on Saturday.

The FBI office in Charlotte said its agents and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office developed leads which pointed them to Alabama.

FBI agents from the Birmingham office and members of the Decatur, Ala., Police Department found the girl about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Decatur, the FBI said. A man, identified as Jose Louis Resendiz, 31, was arrested at the same time.

Shelley Lynch, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Charlotte, said Resendiz is facing state charges, including abduction of a child and second-degree kidnapping. She said Resendiz eventually will be extradited to North Carolina.

The victim is in protective custody until she is reunited with her family, Lynch said.

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