SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - The mother of a 14-year-old girl whose disappearance prompted an Amber Alert Thursday says suspect Mark Edwards is right where he belongs, in the Clark County Jail.
She tells 2 NEWS she wishes she would have acted on her suspicions more aggressively.
“I didn't know what was going through her head. I know he was probably trying to convince her to leave," the girl’s mother said.
She says her daughter became romantically involved with 43-year-old Mark Edwards, a family friend.
“It was her best friend’s father and a friend of mine. My fishing partner," the girl’s mother explained.
The mother tried to stop the relationship by going to police. A warrant was put out for Edwards’ arrest. But he and the teen, who 2 NEWS is not naming to protect her privacy, were found by police late Thursday morning, in an SUV packed for an unknown destination.
“I heard the door slam and I said to… my son, I thought you guys left. He said ‘no’ and I said, ‘Oh no she left without you. Go find her," the girl’s mom said.
The girl’s brother and mother went to a place where they used to play as kids, an old hide out in the woods behind Colliera restaurant. There, they saw Edwards’ SUV.
“I was holding onto his car. Trying to hit his window. He wouldn't stop. Hit the gas even more," she said.
Deputies caught up with the SUV about a mile down the road on State Route 41. The teen was with him. Both were taken into custody.
The girl’s mother showed 2 NEWS a notebook she found since her daughter was returned to her. It’s a diary detailing the relationship between her daughter and the man nearly 30 years her senior. She wants this to be a warning to other parents to always be aware and act on any suspicions they may have.
Deputies tell 2 NEWS the teen could face charges or some other form of punishment
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