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Missing Michigan teen found in Georgia

MARSHALL, Mich. (WXIA) -- The Marshall Police Department says a 14-year-old girl has been found, apparently safe, in metro Atlanta.

At a press conference Tuesday evening, authorities announced Hannah Amaro was found with a 28-year-old male suspect, Victor Alfonso Martinez, who was taken into custody.

Marshall Police Chief Jim Schwartz says Hannah was found at about 5:40 p.m., and remains in custody. Schwartz said in the news conference that Hannah appears to be okay, but would be checked out medically.

The pair were found after Martinez's cell phone pinged at a hotel in Norcross, according to Gwinnett County Police.

Martinez was charged with aggravated child molestation and interstate interference with custody. He is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Hannah's parents will travel to Georgia from Michigan to pick her up.

The teen's mother, Amy Ellis offered her thanks for the efforts of local authorities and media for spreading word of Hannah's disappearance.

"So we just want to say thank you," Ellis said. "We can't wait to see her."

Hannah was reported missing by her parents on Monday, but according to 11Alive's Grand Rapids sister station WZZM, she was last seen at her home Saturday evening.

Investigators said they believe Hannah met Martinez online. They said she kept information about him and their budding relationship from everyone with the exception of one friend.

Martinez allegedly drove from Georgia to Michigan on Saturday to pick her up and bring her back to Georgia. Police said they believe Hannah got in the car willingly.

Hannah's family says she was suppose to spend the night at a friend's house Saturday but never arrived. When she didn't come home Sunday morning they started calling around to find her. They eventually contacted police after exhausting all of their options.

(WZZM Grand Rapids contributed to this report.)


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