STREATOR — A girl believed missing for almost two weeks has been found
safe in Mississippi with her biological mother, and a Bureau County man
has been arrested for her abduction.
Friday, the FBI announced that agents along with local police in Harrison
County, Miss., had safely recovered 13-year-old Tisha McCauley of
Following the recovery, police also charged Daniel J. Morgan of Wyanet
with child abduction. A La Salle County warrant for his arrest on child
abduction charges had been issued Aug. 12, and a federal arrest warrant
were issued against Morgan Aug. 13 for unlawful flight to avoid
Preliminary reports have indicated, however, that the federal Department
of Justice has dropped the federal charges against him.
Morgan is currently being held in Harrison County on $500,000 bond.
The FBI said McCauley is currently in their custody.
Local authorities have been notified and are en route to Gulfport, Miss.,
to transport Morgan back to Illinois for prosecution and return McCauley
to her adoptive parents, Jenny and Mike McCauley in Streator.
According to police reports, McCauley had been last seen July 31 in
Streator climbing into a blue pickup truck with two unidentified white
males in the area of Van Buren Street and Grant Street Grocery.
But, confirming the McCauleys’ suspicions, police believe during much of
that two week span, the girl has been living with her biological mother,
Michelle Roberts, in southern Mississippi.
Police have not yet released details explaining Morgan?s connection to
the girl or the family.