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Missing girl found

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The father of a Missouri teen, missing from her home for nearly a month, has been charged in her disappearance.

James Cranford is charged with parental kidnapping and is being held in the Izard County Jail.

Samantha Cranford, 16, was found June 23 at the home of Debbie Wilson on County Line Road near Ash Flat in Sharp County, said Chief Deputy Joey Qualls of the Sharp County Sheriff's Office.

Wilson has been charged with burglary from Missouri; she is being held in the Sharp County Jail awaiting extradition to Webster County. Additional charges of assisting parental kidnapping are likely, said Chief Deputy Robert Brown of the Webster County Sheriff's Office.

A juvenile is also being held and possibly faces charges from Sharp County, Brown said.

"This girl had disappeared and it was learned Wilson's juvenile son had been visiting the girl," Qualls said. "They thought she might be there and that's right where they found her."

Cranford had been missing from her home in Marshfield, Mo., since May 28. Cranford's family last saw her lying in her bed around 1 a.m. May 28. They discovered she was missing around 7 a.m. that morning.

Sharp and Izard County authorities became involved in the case as coordinating agencies as requested by the Webster County Sheriff's Office when it was learned Cranford was missing and thought she might be in the area.

"The Sharp County Sheriff's Office did an outstanding job," Brown said. "We want to commend them for helping get this juvenile back to her family."

Samantha Cranford is being held temporarily in a detention center in Bolivar, Mo., according to family members.

The case remains under investigation.

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