Man Lures Teen in Internet Chat Room

WOWT – Channel 6 News
Omaha, NE
September 17, 2000

A Keokuk, Iowa girl, missing for about a week, has been found in Arkansas
with a man she met on the Internet.

Jessica Winkler’s return home is the culmination of an investigation and
search by Keokuk Police and FBI investigators, says Police Captain
R.L.Dobson.

The 14-year-old Winkler had last been seen getting into the vehicle of a
man she met in an Internet chat room.

Police Detective Dave Hinton says initial computer information led to
subpoenas of company records, phone work and witness interviews.

The investigation led authorities to a motel room in Rogers, Arkansas
where Winkler was found with 19-year-old from Montgomery, Alabama.

A warrant for harboring a runaway child, an aggravated misdemeanor, was
issued.

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