Missing teenager found in Virginia


Thursday, June 17, 2004
By David V. Graham

DAVISON TWP. – A missing 13-year-old Davison Township girl has been found
at a campground in Virginia, where she apparently had been living with a
32-year-old Genesee Township man.

Davison Township police Detective Chad Haynes said the girl was
identified after a campground resident noticed the two and thought they
were acting suspiciously Tuesday night.

The man went to the Web site of the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children and noticed a photo of the missing girl. The man
contacted sheriff’s deputies, who came to the campground and interviewed
the girl, who willingly gave them her name.

Dinwaddie County deputies arrested the man with her, Matthew Garcia of
Genesee Township. The county is about 30 miles south of Richmond.

The girl was last seen at home May 16. Witnesses told police she
willingly got into a green van driven by Garcia, a former neighbor, and
they drove off together. Police found notes in the girl’s bedroom that
indicated she was having a relationship with the man, Haynes said.

One of Garcia’s daughters was friends with the girl when he and his wife
and family lived in the girl’s neighborhood, Haynes said. They later
moved to Genesee Township.

Haynes said his police department conferred with local FBI agents and
will seek felony warrants for Garcia. Police will ask the Genesee County
prosecutor’s office to extradite Garcia for trial here.

The girl’s family was notified Tuesday night their daughter has been
found, Haynes said, and they left that night for Virginia to pick her up.
He said they are expected to return to Davison Township soon.

Haynes said police had an idea that the two were in the Washington, D.C.,
area because Garcia’s wife recently received a survey request from a
campground in that area that asked how the camper enjoyed a recent visit.

Garcia and the girl spent only one night at that campground before they
moved on to the Richmond area, where they stayed at least two weeks,
Haynes said.

© 2004 Flint Journal. Used with permission
Copyright 2004 Michigan Live. All Rights Reserved.

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